Real estate is everywhere. From newer real estate reality drama series “Million Dollar Listing,” on Bravo, to the veteran “House Hunters” on HGTV, to the plethora of real estate listing websites and apps that have popped up all over the web and on our phones, we’re a country obsessed with these glimpses into others’ homes and their decorating styles, and for some, we’re fascinated with the real estate transaction process. With all the resources and information available to homeowners today, it’s tempting to consider selling a property without the assistance of a professional real estate agent.
In fact, we’ve met many sellers who did venture out on their own. We’ve collected feedback from them, as well as numbers from the industry on average home prices for owner-sold vs agent-sold homes, and are bringing you the top three reasons why you should use a Realtor when you sell your home:
Realtors are emotionless savages intensely-focused on your best interests.
Ok, perhaps that’s a bit dramatic. Realtors have emotions, lots of them. But when it comes to your personal residence or generations-long family home, we don’t have the emotional attachment to the property that you do.
As real estate professionals, The Dream Connectors have combined decades of negotiating experience. As a result, we’re able to listen and understand your needs and wants, throughout the entire process, and at every turn, get you those things without ever tipping off the other side to what you really feel.
No matter how fantastic your poker face, it’s impossible to negotiate complex real estate transactions from beginning to end when you’re attached to the property. Even Realtors use Realtors to sell their homes!
Realtors are bookworms and dedicated students.
We truly aren’t exaggerating when we tell you Realtors are committed to continuing education. Real estate transactions involve not just legal documents, but are governed by specific laws that, like any legislation, are subject to change.
Moreover, customs, courtesies, buyer/seller personalities and expectations change over time. The Dream Connectors team members are extremely well-read, and subject matter experts on the ever-changing Lake Ray Hubbard real estate market, just as we could say the same of you with your chosen profession.
Your time is valuable, and best used on the things you know and love best. For the Dream Connectors team, that’s time spent selling your home.
Realtors make you more money.
Sellers sometimes try to manage a sale on their own in an attempt to save money. In the end, studies have shown the average listing sold by owner sells for 15% less than properties sold with the help of a Realtor. In both instances, the agent representing the buyer was likely paid by the seller’s side, so that makes the deficit closer to 18%.
Using a Realtor not only saves you money, it saves you time and frustration, and protects you against errors that could arise during a sold-by-owner transaction.
If you’re considering a move to North Texas, or are relocating for work, there’s no better resource for information on area schools than The Dream Connectors. Together, Sylvia Seabolt and her mother Gale have decades of experience in the North Texas real estate market. Sylvia was the 2013 Texas Chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS® President, and is currently serving on the National Executive Committee for Women’s Council of REALTORS®. A resident of Rowlett, Sylvia loves spending time with her family on Lake Ray Hubbard. For expert advice, contact The Dream Connectors today at 972-226-1900 or email Sylvia directly for a quick response!