You might balk at the idea of hiring a real estate agent to sell your house, but you should not. There are actually several really good reasons for hiring a real estate agent, as well as several benefits. Here are just a few of the benefits to encourage you to hire an agent.
Your House Sells Faster
On average, homes sold by a real estate agent sell six months sooner than homes sold by owner only. The reason for this is that agents are able to promote your home and really get interested buyers excited about the house. They can stage the home for open house days such that it looks really beautiful and helps buyers see the house for its potential. Most homes sell within the first three months when listed with, and sold by, an agent.
Your House Gets More Exposure
Instead of just one advertisement or just one listing company, an agent can post your home across several listing companies and even across several home-buying apps. Your agent also makes sure that there are plenty of photos of the interior of your home and not just a curbside shot. The inside photos are what catch buyers' eyes and make them want to view the house.
You Do Not Have to Be Present to Sell Your Home
If you sell your home by yourself, you need to stay in the home until it is sold. Selling through an agent means that you can pack up your belongings, move anywhere, relocate for business or military reasons, and the agent sells the house in your stead. Most homeowners looking to sell and needing to get out fast find this feature of an agent's services particularly attractive and convenient.
If Your Home Does Not Sell, the Agent May Buy It for Investment Purposes
There are several real estate agencies that offer to buy your home if it does not sell in the time they promise it will sell. The agencies then use the property as rental property, or work to sell and recoup the money on their own time. You still get the money you asked for, minus any agent's selling fees, and the agency is free to sell the home on their own time or turn it into a moneymaker. Either way, it is no longer your concern, and you can move into your new home in your new location.