So, you’ve decided to sell your house. As you start looking into the daunting process of everything involved, you decide to check out some local realtors. It all sounds good until you realize the price sticker that comes with the commission of the sale. You begin to wonder, is it really worth hiring a Calgary Real Estate Agent or should we try to sell it on our own and save some money?
The thought crosses many minds, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. In this day and age of rising costs and high inflation, everyone is trying to save a penny here and there. However, everything comes at a cost, and you get what you pay for.
Many homeowners that have tried to sell their own homes have horror stories to tell, as well as long-drawn-out sales (or no sale at all), that only have them miss out on purchasing a house they want. Many will resort to a realtor after months or years of stress of an unsold home. Unfortunately, in the end, they haven’t saved a lot of money, rather just added a lot of unnecessary stress to their lives.
We use professionals for everything else in our home so we don’t create bigger problems (and even more expensive fixes) trying to do it ourselves. We call the plumber when a pipe breaks, the electrician when we have electrical issues, and a contractor when we want to start taking down walls for a remodel. Selling your home in Calgary is no different. Use a professional to get the job done right.
The Benefits of Using a Calgary Real Estate Agent
Listing at the Right Price
Often homeowners see more value in their home than there maybe, due to emotional attachment, priceless memories, and any sweat equity they may have put into the home. Overpriced homes rarely sell. A real estate agent keeps up-to-date with the market, as well as uses recent comparables in the neighbourhood to price your home accordingly. This ends in a quicker sale and a higher chance of getting you into the home you have an eye on.
Better Home Presentations
Real Estate Agents have a lot of experience showing homes. They know which features in the home to showcase, as well as how to stage the home for the present buying market. A realtor will also be able to tell you where repairs and upgrades in the home need to be done, which ones will add value and which ones will not. This could potentially save you a lot of money if the reno you were planning to do will not add any value to your home.
Better Photos and Staging Tips
REALTORS® are known to use professional real estate photographers/videographers. They have a keen eye for angles, showcasing the home’s best features, as well as tricks to make a room look brighter or larger than it is. Photos are the first thing potential buyers look at online to check out a house and often determine if someone will book a viewing or not.
More Buyer Exposure
REALTORS® use MLS, and your home will not end up on that list if you sell privately. MLS is the first place a realtor searches to match homes with prospective buyers. It is used across the country and is a “go-to” for anyone who is relocating and looking to buy a house.
REALTORS® build connections with their clients, learn their tastes and styles, and understand their wants and needs. Real Estate Agents come with a large pool of contacts, so when a new house comes onto the market, a realtor already has potential buyers with the matched criteria ready to arrange a viewing. This results in a quicker sale.
Expert Negotiating Skills
It’s no secret that realtors have some of the strongest negotiating skills known to man. Take advantage of their experience, and trust them to get you the most for your home. With years of experience, they will know which tactics to use in which situation and be able to predict the outcome. Remember, the more the house sells for, the more they make. So they are going to be sure to get TOP DOLLAR for your home!
Selling your home on your own means endless hours, days, or even weeks of learning real estate lingo, legal documents involved, lawyer meetings, and how to make sure that you have covered yourself in case something goes wrong. And hope in the end that you remember it when you need it!
Expect your hours at your day job, as well as your evenings and weekends to be bombarded by endless emails and phone calls with questions about your house, and booking showings. That is a lot of time taken away from work and family.
Sell your home with a Calgary Real Estate Agent
Selling a house comes with a lot of stress, and a REALTOR® that knows the Calgary real estate market is there to make the process as stress-free for you as possible. They handle all the paperwork and legal documents, phone calls, emails find buyers and arrange viewings, and so much more! This means that the only thing you have to worry about is packing, keeping the house clean for potential showings, and finding the home of your dreams! Sounds like a good deal in the end and worth every penny!