There is a reason RE/MAX has offices all over the world and more agents than any other realty franchise. The company is designed to support experienced agents with an entrepreneurial mind-set, versus being structured to nurture new agents who are still wet behind the ears. What does that mean for buyers, and especially sellers? Success and Satisfaction.
For those sellers who plan to roll the dice and sell their homes on their own this spring, consider these 4 reasons to list your home with an experienced RE/MAX agent:
1. An agent may increase your profit
Many people think they’ll make more money if they avoid paying an agent a commission and instead handle their own home sale, but the statistics show otherwise. According to the National Association of Realtors, selling with an agent brings in a higher profit, enough to cover the commission and then some. For one thing, a Realtor has the experience and tools to price your home appropriately. Studies show that homes priced correctly when they first hit the market sell faster, and for a better price, than those that linger with a decreasing price tag.
2. An agent can save you time
While it may take just moments to upload a Craigslist ad, handling prospective buyers, inspectors and appraisers can suck up your time. From screening out unqualified buyers to helping you prepare your home for inspections, agents drive the process more efficiently.
3. An agent often makes a better deal
You might be proud of your poker face, but are you really a savvy enough negotiator to put one of the biggest deals of your life on the line? As most buyers use a buyers’ agent, you’ll probably be going toe-to-toe with a professional negotiator. If the buyer’s agent suggests that for the deal to go forward you will need to replace your 15 year old HVAC system, can you respond in a way that will keep the deal on the table but not cost you? When you list your house through a RE/MAX agent, you not only get their marketing power and connections, you get a pro negotiator advocating for you during the initial offer, the counter offer and the post-offer period, which includes inspections and requests for concessions.
4. An agent can lower your risk
The potential for making mistakes (with potential legal ramifications) among the reams of paperwork involved in a home sale is huge. Agents know how to do things exactly right.
If you’d like more than 4 reasons to list your home with a RE/MAX agent, shoot me an email and I’ll provide a comprehensive, step by step list of all the professional services we provide to our clients when we list their homes. Time is money, and we can save you both!