If you are trying to sell your house, you should seriously consider using a real estate agent. When you have an agent help you, it will benefit you in every way except for the commission you will have to pay. The commission is probably the # 1 reason why some people forgo an agent and try to sell their house on their own even though they are not qualified. Saving money is usually a good idea but in this case it may not be.
Selling a house is a big responsibility and it is much more complicated than selling most other things. With a house, you do not want anything to go wrong and the only way to be sure of that is to use a real estate professional. When you use an agent, you will know that the sale will happen smoothly and for many people this is reason enough to use one. Additionally, there is a sold company behind the agent if something does go wrong and it will take charge.
Selling a house for the first time can be scary as there is a lot of legal paperwork to fill out and you have to know what to do and when to do it. This is not the time to be experimenting and it is better, for your first sale, to use an agent and then learn things by watching. If you are intent on learning how to sell your own house, if you watch and learn from an agent the first time then you will have a good shot at successfully doing it when you sell your second house. For most people, this is the smartest route.
Additionally, with the economy and real estate market being so poor right now, this might not be the time to sell your house alone. When you use an agent, you will benefit from their knowledge and years of experience, as they will have a better idea of how to attract potential buyers than you will. Your house will be displayed on their database of houses for sale and there are other advantages that you will get from using them that may result in your house selling sooner. Now, of all times, is the time you should be selling your house with a real estate agent.
Right now there is a buyer's market and you will have to do all the things you can think of to get your house sold. Advertising and holding open houses to get as many people in to see it is a good start but in the end it might only be the price that matters. Buyers are so strapped for cash right now and they know they are in the drivers seat. If you do not lower your house enough, there might be nothing you can do to sell it. Whether you use an agent or not, if you have the price too high you will probably have a lot of difficulty making the sale.
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Source by Henrick Stenson