You may be wondering why you would hire a real estate agent to sell your home, as many people think they can get a better “deal” by selling on their own and avoiding the realtor fee. It’s not so simple as that though, and you will find you can sell your house faster, easier, and often for more money with a realtor than without.
Your Realtor Has Local Knowledge and Expertise
Take advantage of professional expertise by hiring a real estate agent who knows the area – as Lake & Mountain Realty knows the Hudson Valley. We are active in local events and know the housing market up and down the river. For over twenty years, we have worked in local real estate.
That knowledge and experience can be used to best position your home. Your realtor can advise you on what buyers in the area are looking for. We also offer guidance on strategic improvements or staging that can get you the best return on investment.
Pricing your house correctly takes skill and awareness of the market. Set your price too low, and you’ll lose out – but set it too high and it might not sell at all. You could find yourself negotiating down to a lower price than you might have otherwise received, because the house has been on the market too long.
With Expertise Comes Connections
Your real estate agent has not only local industry knowledge, but local industry connections. Selling a house is a team effort, and your realtor will already have built that team. Need an inspection? Your realtor probably knows an inspector. Need help presenting the house in the best possible way? They can recommend professional stagers or photographers, or contractors for any repair work that needs to be done. When you accept an offer, your realtor can put you in touch with a real estate lawyer to represent you when reviewing the final contract.
As a licensed New York State Real Estate Broker, we also have access to more listing services than you could access selling privately. We will make sure your listing is seen – and will network with other realtors to talk it up to the right people. An experienced real estate agent knows and is known by other real estate agents representing buyers. That working relationship makes your listing not only more visible but more trusted. Real estate agents representing buyers will be more likely to show your home to their clients.
Simplifying the Process
Hiring a real estate agent to sell your home is not just a financial decision. Along with helping you receive the best price for your home, a realtor will also save you time and stress. Having a professional to advise you means you can rely on their expertise and experience when making decisions. It also means you have someone running all your marketing and coordinating with buyer’s real estate agents. Your realtor will field calls, answer questions, and sort out who is seriously considering an offer. You will not even have to be present to hold open houses or showings – in fact, your realtor will likely ask you to plan to be out.
A Negotiating Partner
When an offer is made, your real estate agent can help you evaluate it. Should you accept, counter-offer, or decline? If you counter-offer, what is likely to be accepted? A real estate agent will have the experience and knowledge of the local market to guide you through the process.
Why hire a real estate agent to sell your home? Because a real estate agent’s knowledge, experience, and connections are a valuable resource for you to get the best price with the least hassle. Contact Lake & Mountain today to start the process.