In this DIY-age, it is easy to want to do everything by yourself. Saving money is great, and there are so many things today that we can do on our own after a simple Google search and a Youtube video or two. While sometimes doing it yourself saves you a few dollars, that isn’t always the case when selling your home.
When looking at it from the outside, the For Sale By Owner option, or FSBO, may seem great. Taking into account Realtor commissions, wouldn’t it make sense to save yourself that money? Think again. In most cases, people choosing to take the FSBO route end up losing more than that when they try to sell on their own. Here are a few reasons to consider forgoing FSBO and hiring an agent.
1. Keeping emotions out can be difficult
Your home typically means something to you. It is where you’ve created memories. Because of that, it can be difficult to remove your emotions from a sale. Agents are there to be a mediator for rejections or negative feedback. It can be emotionally tolling to have your home rejected multiple times. Having an agent there to negotiate terms, repairs, and everything in between will offer peace of mind instead of stress and heartbreak.
2. Selling a home can be a full-time job
Even if you don’t already have another job, selling your home can consume all of your time. Are you available to meet for a viewing or answer potential buyer calls at any time during the work day? Do you have the experience to market your home and ensure it is being seen by potential buyers? Even if you have some free time, selling a home can be a daunting task. It is the job of an agent to do all of this for you, so that you can sell your home without taking on the workload of another full-time job!
3. You could be sued
There is a reason agents need training. Legal paperwork is a core part of home selling and buying, and unless you are a lawyer, there is chance you may miss something in your paperwork. If you forget to disclose something you are aware of, even accidentally, you could be held liable for fraud. Why risk the cost of a major lawsuit when you can hire a knowledgable agent instead?
4. Most buyers don’t want to work directly with the seller
Buyers like the safety of working with a Realtor. First-time Buyers need someone to help them navigate the buying process, including loan qualification, inspections, contracts, negotiations, etc. While more experienced buyers may understand the process, they don’t necessarily have the time to deal with it themselves. According to the National Association of Realtors, buyers work with Realtors 88% of the time. Why risk not being seen by the majority of the market?
5. You aren’t actually saving money
When you have minimal knowledge on how to negotiate the price of your home or how to market properly, the fact of the matter is that you are probably going to have to sell your home for much less than you planned. That loss is usually much more than the price of an agent’s commission. You wouldn’t want someone who isn’t a doctor performing your surgery, so why try to sell your home on your own when you aren’t a real estate agent? Let a Realtor save you time and money.
Buying or selling a home is probably the largest transaction you’ll encounter during your life. You can try to do it alone, but why not hire someone who wants to help you? If you are ready to sell your home and hire an agent to get you the best deal and peace of mind.