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5 Reasons Not to Sell Your Home Without a Realtor

Many people consider selling their property “For Sale by Owner” (FSBO) without the assistance of a realtor or broker as a means of saving money. When considering that the standard realtor’s commission is 6% – nearly $24,000 on a $400,000 home – cutting out this cost may seem like an attractive prospect at first. In reality, however, choosing to sell your home without professional help can end up being a major mistake.

Below are some of the top reasons why you should never sell your home without a realtor:

  1. Your listing will not receive the same exposure: In addition to missing out on the vast marketing resources that a real estate agent will be able to utilize to expose your listing to potential buyers, buyers’ agents may not want to show your property to their clients because they know there won’t be a professional on the other end of the transaction. Even if a buyer insists on seeing your home, their agent may discourage them from making an offer due to the associated hassles and risks of trying to close the deal without seller representation.
  2. It is difficult to keep your emotions in check: Let’s face it – selling your home can be an emotional experience. By hiring an agent to represent your best interests, you can remove your emotions from the transaction and avoid common mistakes such as overpricing your home, giving into an offer too easily, or being offended by a low offer and refusing to propose a counter offer.
  3. Selling a home is a full-time job: Many homeowners do not realize the time commitment that goes into selling their home. From scheduling showings and marketing our home to negotiating with buyers, taking the proper steps to sell your home can take a considerable amount of time and energy – energy which you likely do not have to spare in addition to your other responsibilities and commitments. An agent will be an expert in these areas and will be able to eliminate the guesswork on your behalf, as well as show your home to buyers even when you are not available.
  4. You subject yourself to unnecessary showings: Homeowners who choose to sell their home on their own often fall into the trap of showing their home to every buyer who even shows a hint of interest, leading to the constant interruption and hassle of having to put your life on hold and make sure your home looks perfect every time. An agent will be able to sift out the dreamers and curious neighbors from buyers who are actually willing to make an offer, often leading to a quicker sale with minimal disruption of your life.
  5. You put yourself at risk of being taken advantage of: Even if you have years of experience in sales, negotiating the terms of a home sale is a tricky and awkward experience which should not be handled alone. If you do not have representation, but the buyer does, they will be much more likely to win the negotiation, leading to less money in your pocket.

Sell Your SCV Home with Dippy Chhina

If you are looking to sell your home in the Santa Clarita Valley, Realtor Dippy Chhina can guide you step by step through the associated process and ensure your best interests are guarded every step of the way. Having established herself as one of the most trusted real estate professionals in the area for her unparalleled knowledge and years of experience, Dippy can answer all of your questions and use her vast resources to ensure you receive top dollar for your home.

Call (661) 441-3304 today to discuss your real estate needs in full detail.