Over the course of a person’s life, they are likely to move nearly a dozen times. Most people will buy and sell a home more than once. Still, selling a home is a relatively rare process for most Americans. This is why working with a skilled professional can pay off. Real estate experts can help any home sell more quickly for a higher price. They can also negotiate on the seller’s behalf and move the process along from start to finish.
Before it goes on the market
Any homeowner needs to make sure the home is ready for all lookers before they bring in an open house. Those who’ve lived in their homes for a long time might find it hard to have a view of their home from the point of view of a buyer. A real estate agent can serve this purpose and help prepare the home. For example, they’ll point that a given room feels cluttered and dark. Then they can suggest ways to make that room feel lighter, brighter and more welcoming. A well presented home in good condition is one that is likely to find happy buyers in a short time.
Pricing a home correctly
Price is one of the single most important things buyers consider. A home that is correctly priced is likely to attract immediate, positive attention as soon as it goes on the market. Deciding on the right price for your home is not always clear from the start. A real estate agent can help anyone figure out the right price for their home. They’ll bring out a set of comps that indicate recent trends and show why a certain price is the right one for you. That will get potential buyers through your from the first time you put that home on the market.
Many modern buyers head to the internet first. They’re looking for homes and want to see them in great detail. A home that has been properly prepared for the online market is where the real estate agent can make a difference. Real estate sites with lots of staying power that do lots of business are likely to rank higher in internet searches. Buyers tend to assume the homes they see on such sites are the only homes for sale in a given market. A real estate agent can put up pictures of your home online and bring in lots of views.
Working through negotiations
Anyone in the process of selling their home is likely to face a series of negotiations. They might have an offer on the table that isn’t quite what they want. The real estate agent can help remind the buyer of the value of offering more money. Once the seller has accepted an offer, there are still terms and conditions to be worked out. The buyer might want certain things fixed and may ask the seller to leave by a certain date. The agent can represent the seller’s interests during this time.