Updated: Feb 17, 2021
You can sell your home even if you don't have a realtor. It is especially important to discuss options with professionals who have experience selling homes in your area, are experienced in your neighborhood, and possess strong negotiating powers. You need a solid marketing plan to get your home on the market in your neighborhood. You can create this plan by doing some research and following a few steps that will help you get started. First, ask friends and family who have sold homes in your area for advice about real estate agents. Ask them about how they found good agents, what their agents did for them, how they found properties, and whether the agents represented themselves well and met with them regularly. Second, look at local listings for real estate agents in your area. Use the phone book or online resources to find listings in your area. Once you find listings of agents, call each one and schedule a meeting. If the agents are not in your area, visit their websites, make notes about them, then meet with them in person. Your next step is to contact them. The goal is to meet with an agent in person to discuss your needs and make sure you feel comfortable with the realtor. If an agent doesn't immediately recognize your needs, move on to another agent. Don't be afraid to make mistakes along the way, as it shows confidence in yourself and will make a difference in your home buying experience. Your third and final step is to sit down with the agent and get a detailed proposal outlining your expectations for your home. Keep in mind that an agent may not be able to sell your home without your purchase, but they can guide you through the process and help you develop a realistic budget. A final step in getting your home listed with a realtor is to arrange a showing of your home to show it to prospective buyers. Make sure the listing is posted for several weeks prior to the showing so prospective buyers will know you are actively seeking out a home for sale. By now you should understand that selling your own home can be a challenging process. Follow the tips for selling your own home and you will make the task easier and more successful. Realtors can help you save time and money by providing the tools you need to find your next home. They also have access to the tools you do not, such as maps, brochures, property lists, mortgage calculators, and more, so they can give you valuable information regarding buying and selling homes. In addition, a real estate agent will also be able to give you an expert opinion on your budget and home's location. A professional real estate agent can help you avoid pitfalls you may encounter when you attempt to sell your home on your own. One of the biggest advantages of using a real estate agent is that most brokers offer free estimates. This means they can tell you what the property would sell for based on the type of buyer you want to buy it from, the price range you want to price your home within, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and baths, and other relevant factors. With that said, your broker's expertise should always be considered before you commit to a listing with them. An experienced realtor will also be able to answer any questions you may have so you can feel confident that your home is priced correctly. No matter how you sell your home, you should always ask for referrals from those who have sold homes with the real estate agent you are considering. Realtors know the ins and outs of the industry and are a valuable resource for finding the right home for you.