A Real Estate Agent has a lot of training in market value and negotiating.
If you are selling your home on your own you may not know what houses in your neighbourhood have sold for. Are you pricing your home competitively or are buyers going to skip your home because it is over priced? On the other side you have the issue of under valuing. Are you listing your home under market value, are you going to LOSE money?
You most likely have a full time job that you go to every day. Would it be convenient for people to be calling you at all hours of the day to ask you information about your home? Do you have time to drop everything and run home to show someone your home and have them walk around for 30-60 minutes and then when they leave they say “We will think about it” and never call you back. This is a REALTOR’s® full time job, they have the time and are more than happy to show someone the home at any given moment. They also have the ability to pick up the phone and answer questions at all hours of the day. Your REALTOR® works for YOU, and will do everything possible to sell your home as quickly and for as much money as possible!
When trying to negotiate the price and conditions of an offer, Realtor’s have experience and training. There is a lot more to negotiate than price. What items will stay, what times will go, what will the possession date be, who is responsible for minor repairs, the list goes on! Leave this process to a professional. This will ensure you are getting the best deal, and the least hassle!
When advertising, I have my own website, www.MedicineHatHouses.com. All of my listings are also shown on www.RoyalLePageMedicineHat.com and www.Realtor.ca (better know as MLS®). When people are looking for a home, these websites are where they look first. The Medicine Hat News works closely with Realtors and gives great deals for advertising in the paper. It is more beneficial to list a home for sale where other homes are for sale, rather than in the Classified Ad’s, where people are generally looking for miscellaneous items. Social Media is a large form of advertising these days. A majority of the people following me on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube are looking for homes. This is a huge advantage when selling, the more people potentially seeing your home, the better!
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a bad photo can keep buyers from even looking at a property. I have high end equipment and lots of experience photographing homes. Leave it in my hands!
A REALTOR® has the expertise and time to research homes all over the city.
A Realtor knows what to look for over and above paint colour, cabinets and flooring. There are simple things that can be changed to make a home fit you perfectly, it sometimes takes a second set of eyes! REALTOR’s® have an enormous advantage to find “the perfect home” for you! Realtor’s have the first view at new listings on MLS®, a few hours can make all the difference in a buyer’s market. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your REALTOR® to find all available properties.The last thing you want to do when buying a home is overpay. Realtors have done this negotiatingthing hundreds of times! Leave it to the pro’s, you will be a lot more likely to get a good deal!
There are numerous professionals involved when it comes to purchasing a home. From lawyers, to home inspectors, appraisers, mortgage brokers, the list goes on! When you hire a REALTOR® a lot of this can be handled directly, meaning you do not have to be bothered with constant phone calls!
A REALTOR® will make your life so much easier! Buying a home is supposed to be a happy time in life, not a stressful one, so sit back, relax and leave it to me!
Home Owners Tip:
Check for roof dams. Now that the worst of the weather is behind us, pull a ladder up to the roof to check the valleys and remove accumulations of sticks, leaves, tree needles and other storm debris. Similar to the dangers posed by melting snow on a roof, dammed-up debris can let moisture penetrate the roofing and reach into structural timbers and walls, causing rot and mold. Also, check the flashings, or metal seals, around roof joints, chimneys, skylights and other structures that penetrate a roof for holes or rust. Make repairs or call a professional.