First Time Selling A Home? Use An Agent To Avoid These Mistakes

Posted on: 15 December 2016

When the time comes to finally put your first home up for sale, you may be tempted to sell it on your own instead of using an agent. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make with so many factors at play when selling a home. Use the help of a real estate agent to avoid making these mistakes

Not Asking For Enough Money

A common mistake homeowners run into is not pricing their home correctly. They may simply price their home at what they think it is worth, usually after looking at local listings and what they have sold for. They could also value their home as being worth more than it is, because they have a lot of sentimental value in the home from being in it for years.

A home needs to be priced correctly. Too high of a price and it will sit on the market for months without any interest. Too low of a price and you'll miss out on thousands of dollars. An agent knows real estate better than anyone and can accurately price your home for what it is worth on the market.

Not Marketing The Home Correctly

Not using an agent means that you are pretty much on your own when it comes to marketing. You'll need to get the word out that your house is up for sale, and putting a sign on your front lawn is not enough. You need to take the additional steps of figuring out how to list your home on the MLS (multiple listing service), take photos, and attract potential buyers.

An agent is going to take care of all these things for you. They'll get your home listed quickly on the MLS, getting it in front of as many eyes as possible that are searching the top real estate websites. They also work for a company with a network of buyers agents as well, all with clients that are looking for a home.

Making Too Hard of a Sell

When it is your home that you are selling, there is some added pressure that comes with trying to make the sale to anybody that is interested. It may come off as pressuring the seller, which can turn them off to a home. It helps to have a neutral party that a buyer can speak to, which helps them be more open with asking questions and commenting about the home.

For more reasons why it is best to avoid selling on your own, speak to a local agent.