Agent or DIY, Do you really need a Real Estate Agent?

The answer to this question will amount to thousands, but there is much more involved than the financial matters.

Selling your home can be one of the most stressful experiences you will endure in life.  So, will you employ an agent or try to sell it yourself?  

Probably one of the biggest questions needed to be answered here is ‘Do you have the time?’ 

There is a lot involved in preparing your home for sale.  Photos, description, advertising mediums, signage etc. The next step is of course having the time to take calls, show potential buyers through your home, and once an offer is made time is required to attend to all of the legalities.

The next question to ask yourself is ‘Do you have the knowledge?’

Are you confident in your abilities to set a price for your home, present your home in the most appealing way, choosing the most effective advertising methods, checking the credibility of potential buyers, handling the transaction legally with all of the necessary paperwork?

Then comes ‘Do you have the confidence and experience?’

Many people shudder at the thought of having to negotiate a price for anything.  This only increases when you are attached to what you are haggling over!  So are you prepared to negotiate a price with buyers for your home.  Remember there is no middle man here to help if you choose to go it alone.

There are so many areas that detrimental errors can be made to jeopardise the sale of your home.  Many attempt to sell it themselves, but then wind up employing an agent after not having any success.  

If you feel you have what it takes to handle the sale of your home yourself why not give it a shot – it could save you thousands.  On the other hand, if you feel that you may not be able to handle even one of the necessary duties perhaps you would be better getting an agent.  Of course it goes without saying… choose your agent wisely!

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