The Advantages of Using Real Estate Companies to Sell Your Home

By: Adier Barrin

In this time of debatable recession, you need to still do some things conservatively, like selling your home. Although there has been a lot of advertising about selling a home yourself through web site listings, it is still the safest bet to use the services of real estate companies in order to sell your home. It is estimated that 80% of homes listed for sale by the owner are never sold.

Specialists In Their Area

One of the big advantages of using real estate companies to sell your home is that there job is to know your local real estate market. Selling your home is not the time to learn about your local real estate market. If you've bought a new home, you don't want to be stuck paying two mortgages if you can't find a buyer for your precious home. A real estate company will know how to best market your home to potential buyers (which are still out there).

Better Price

Brokers who work for real estate companies know how to best negotiate a good price for your home. They know how much your home is worth and what homes in your neighborhood are going for and will work with both you and the potential buyers to get a decent price. You might wind up getting more than you thought, which will more than pay for the broker's commission.

Handling Nasty Surprises

It's much easier getting hold of brokers and real estate companies than it is getting a hold of a private citizen when nasty surprises turn up. For example, suppose on the date of settlement you discover that the previous owner of the house left a lot of trash in the house. You have no place to put your stuff.

If you bought from the owner, good luck getting them to clean up. However, a real estate company can help get you a dumpster and often pays for it, too. Your broker or real estate company could negotiate to have the cost of the house lowered because no one bothered to clean it up.

Brand Recognition

The name of a nationally or locally known real estate company will instill confidence in any potential buyer, because they know the company will be more financially stable than an individual. They can also quickly and quietly Google how the real estate company is doing to see if they will follow through.

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