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Listing With an Agent vs. FSBO

In a seller’s market it may be tempting to try and list your home by yourself, For Sale By Owner (FSBO), but it may lead to losing a lot of time and money that you could save when using a real estate agent instead. When you choose to sell your home without a real estate agent you’re choosing a path that is time consuming and possibly missing opportunities to get the most out of your large investment. Here are the top benefits of listing your home with a real estate agent:

  • They are experts that know what price to list your home
  • Agents can identify what upgrades need to be made to maximize your profits
  • Agents have tools to maximize the exposure of your home
  • Real estate agents are experts at negotiations and documents are handled for you
Custom Fit Realtor, Zach Lohr, discusses why choosing to sell your home with a real estate agent can be more beneficial than selling it yourself (FSBO)

Real estate agents are experts at knowing how to price your home

When you choose FSBO you may not know how to price your house. You could choose to list as much as your neighbor but your house could end up valuing more or less. With an expert real estate agent, they are able to use the comparable properties in your area to find the correct pricing for your home. Not only can they find out how much to list your home but where to list your home to give your property the maximum amount of exposure and the maximum profit for your home.

Identify upgrades that should be made in your home

FSBO means that you’ll be spending money, but you may be unsure where to allocate the money in your home to get the most out of your upgrades. Real estate agents have the expertise and know exactly what people are looking for when buying a house, so they would be able to identify what needs to be updated in your home to make it more desirable.

Custom Fit Real Estate’s Update Before You Sell Program

With Custom Fit Real Estate, you can also use our seller’s assistance program, Update Before You Sell (UBYS). With this program you can make upgrades to your home at no cost to you, allowing your home to sell at a higher price and potentially making you more money than your original as is cost. This is an upgrade that we recently did with the UBYS program, this project made our clients an impressive $125,000 more than the client’s as is price.

Real estate agents have the tools to maximize the exposure of your home

If you decide to list your house by yourself, you may not have the best tools to give your home the most exposure so that you could drive up the amount of buyers interested in your home. This requires listing flyers, mailers, social posts, and more than just having your home active on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). A real estate agent will normally have the tools to give your home the exposure you want to get the most out of your home. Realtors stay connected and can list your home on multiple platforms to give it the most exposure to benefit you. At Custom Fit Real Estate we have our own Custom Fit Media & Marketing company that can provide you all the necessary marketing items for your home.

With a real estate agent, negotiations and documents are handled for you

FSBO means you’d have to be extra diligent in the documents and negotiations, which could be a disadvantage if you don’t have the proper transaction experience. Choosing to work with a real estate agent relieves that headache for you. Real estate agents are experts at negotiating and dealing with the documents and will be sure to read all the fine print for you to make sure that you get that top dollar on your home.

Your time is valuable, and the time that you can save when you choose to list your home with a real estate agent is worth it. The benefits of having a real estate agent helping you with your listing outweigh the possible positives you would get if you decided to FSBO your home.

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