SHOULD YOU HIRE A REALTOR TO SELL YOUR HOUSE? | HOUSTON REAL ESTATE TIPS
Selling a house takes a lot of time and money. There are dozens of moving parts and it can get messy at times. Think of it like heart surgery or building a custom pool, there is a lot going on and if you make a mistake you can find yourself in a hefty lawsuit. Let’s go over some great reasons why it’s important to hire the right agent to sell your house.
A great agent does this as a business, a job, a career. Not part time to pay for a yearly vacation. So be wise on who you choose to represent you as your agent.
You have your own career to worry about, don’t stress about an industry that you aren’t involved with. Ask yourself how you would handle showings and field phone calls all day while at work? If it’s a disruption, you should hire an agent to handle this for you.
LEGAL DOCUMENTS – HOW NOT TO GET SUED
Any good real estate agent in Houston should know all of the legal documents like the back of their hand. They can guide you away from making huge mistakes and help you avoid potential lawsuits. Like properly filling out a Sellers Disclosure for example.
Did you know that 71% of litigation in real estate had one party who went unrepresented? That’s a staggering percentage! Don’t be another casualty and get caught up in a lawsuit, hire a real estate agent to assist you.
AGENT TO AGENT CONNECTIONS
An established agent has connections in the industry and has built up relationships with other real estate agents in the area. They will know how to promote your listing to other local agents and find out if they have any potential buyers, sometimes even before you go on the market!
Some agents, not all, know how to market online better than some digital marketing agencies out there. So let them spend their money, and you keep yours in your pocket!
As our world continues to become more advanced in technology, now is more important than ever for agents to evolve with today’s standard of marketing. The old ways won’t cut it anymore.
So, when you decide to hire an agent, make sure they are competent and involved in the online world of marketing.
One of the perks of hiring an agent to sell your house is that it will take out all of the guess work. You will receive expert guidance on pricing strategies, some tricks to the trade, handling all legal documents to avoid devastating lawsuits, handling showings and requests, professional negotiation when receiving offers, navigating the option period, and coordinating with lenders and title companies. The list goes on.
As you can see, agents don’t just get paid to find a buyer for you, they get paid because of their knowledge, skills, and because they know how to best represent you. Remember the old saying, “you get what you pay for?” Well this couldn’t be more true in my industry!
NAVIGATE FROM CONTRACT TO CLOSE
Listing your house for sale is only one piece of the puzzle. When you go under contract with a buyer is when the real fun begins!
More than likely the buyers will have asked for an option period to inspect the property for any deficiencies and could end up asking you for repairs. This can get ugly real quick if you don’t know what you are doing. Keep in mind during this option period, the buyer can walk away from the deal for any reason, or no reason at all. But know when to let them walk away and when to work with them. An agent will be able to guide you through this process with ease!
After the option period we still have a couple more hurdles to get through. The appraisal and buyers financing approval. The agent will have spoken to the lender by now to gauge how the loan process is going. And the appraisal is something completely out of our control. This part of the deal is a little less stressful, but if something goes south with either of those hurdles, you need to know what’s possible to keep the deal alive. The agent you hire should have extensive knowledge on this subject!
We hope you see the importance of hiring a real estate agent to sell your house in Houston. If you are thinking of going at it alone, just please be cautious and do your best to stay out of the court room. Protect your investment.
Check out our video we did covering the true costs to sell your house and how to find the perfect real estate agent in your area. We hope you like it!
If you would like to give our team a shout or schedule an appointment with us to represent you on the sale of your house, we would be more than happy to meet with you!