There are reasons why most people use a real estate agent, here are just 23 of those reasons.

  1. The world is getting more sophisticated and so are real estate agents. Agents are realizing that there is a proven process that Buyers and Sellers must go through to make them feel comfortable with making a large, life changing decision. Agents are using their vast knowledge of the changing real estate market and data collected on solds to help assure Buyers and Sellers are making the right decisions. 
  2. Real estate offices have secretarial assistance during peak hours and message answering and paging services during off peak hours. At the Eximus Real Estate Team we also have our own office assistants, which means that at all times we will be available to handle inquiries, set up showings, set a variety of marketing strategies into action, and the list goes on. Any time a private seller is away from home, his home is off the market.
  3. A seller selling privately can expect to put in a minimum of 80 hours "work" into the project. This does not account for other out of pocket expenditures such as marketing and a lawn sign. Selling a home can be extremely stressful.
  4. A real estate agent must adhere to a rigorous code of ethics. A direct buyer or seller is not so constrained. Purchasers want the protection a real estate agent can offer.
  5. By use of a comparative market analysis, a salesperson can help a seller choose the right price to ask. While some sellers ask too little, others ask for too much. Once a house sits unsold for too long, it becomes stale. Often a seller is forced to reduce the price and may have to accept less money for his home than he would have received had he started at the right price originally.
  6. Market value is influenced by perceived value just as much as by the concrete statistics. Real estate agents are able to offer suggestions about how to improve a home's "showability" and hence increase that value.
  7. Much of a real estate company's business comes from corporate or personal referrals. This market is unavailable to private sellers.
  8. Out of town buyers seldom have time or knowledge to deal directly with owners, but they do contact sales representatives through relocation systems.
  9. The best buyers work with real estate agents. People who have been transferred from out of town, people who have their home for sale, or people who have sold their home all work with sales representatives.
  10. Real estate agents are capable of qualifying prospects so that only those who qualify to buy the home are introduced to it. This eliminates most "lookers" and non-serious purchasers and saves you a lot of time and falsely "getting your hopes up."
  11. Real estate agents screen all prospects and accompany all potential buyers through the property. There is less chance that strangers who may have activities in mind other that of buying a house will come, and it makes opening your home to the public safer in general.
  12. Private showings eliminate the possibility of a personality conflict between seller and purchaser.
  13. Demonstrating property is an art.  It takes skill and judgment in order to properly evaluate each home. It's the real estate agent's job to recognize and demonstrate the home's strong points and its features.
  14. A real estate agent can select the best route to a showing and point out comparable properties that will assure that the property is shown in the best light possible.
  15. Virtually every buyer has objections, which sales representatives are trained to handle. A private seller is more emotionally involved, and may be less equipped to quell these concerns.
  16. Private sales attract bargain hunters. Any time a buyer doesn't buy from a store or through a salesperson he expects to pay less. In effect, he expects to save the commissions or profits that would normally go to the sales-person or store owner. Why should someone do all the work a sales representative would normally do and still pay the full price? For example, if the seller is trying to save about seven percent commission and the buyer is trying to save seven percent, now they are 12 percent apart.
  17. Not all buyers will come out and say what is bothering them, particularly in front of the seller. A real estate professional is trained to smoke these out and handle them professionally.
  18. Real estate professionals are trained to follow-up all leads, inquiries and showings. Such follow-up is normally expected and does not have a detrimental effect on a seller's bargaining position, while a private seller doing follow-up can seem desperate.
  19. In real estate, the offers are in writing and irrevocable. Private buyers often give verbal offers and then revoke them.
  20. Real estate agents are trained to negotiate better than a seller can on his own behalf.
  21. Real estate agents stay involved with the deal until the transaction is closed.
  22. From a buyer's perspective, a licensed real estate representative is more credible than an owner, who will have their own biases.
  23. A real estate agent is trained and experienced to ensure that all important steps in the sales process are complete and properly conducted, which significantly reduces the possibility of legal issues arising later.

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