When you decide to sell your house, there is one very important question to consider: how do you want to sell it? Since this could be one of the biggest transactions of your life, you want to make the best, least stressful choice so that the process goes as smoothly as possible. You could decide to sell it privately yourself, taking up a lot of your own time, effort, and money- not the ideal for most. Or you may consider hiring a real estate agent. They’re professionals who help make the selling process easier, right? But is that your best and only other option? Before choosing to hire an agent, here are a few things to consider:

Payout
Although an agent may promise to get you a good price on your home, remember that they will be receiving commission on the sale. A good, full-service agent will collect up to 6% of the purchase price, regardless of whether or not you make a profit. If you’re not interested in paying out a commission fee, this is not an option for you.

Be Careful What You Wish For
Real estate agents are skilled at selling not only houses, but themselves. They will convince you that they can and will fulfill all your needs. Hiring an inexperienced, uncommitted, or overworked agent can make the process of selling your property a long, stressful, arduous one- defeating the purpose of hiring an agent in the first place.

You’re Not the Only One!
Keep in mind that a busy real estate agent will be balancing many clients at a time, and may unfortunately not be able to give your home the attention it requires to sell it. ANY stages of the selling process that are overlooked or skipped by your agent can result in huge setbacks. Delayed or untimely communication could cause missed deadlines, which could lead to a missed opportunity and no sale.

The Competition
A huge disadvantage that comes with hiring an experienced agent is that you will be competing with their other clients for their time. And unfortunately, their top priority clients will be the ones who dish out a larger commission amount (aka those with higher-priced properties). This can, again, cause delays in selling your property and delays in your personal timeline.

The Competition
A huge disadvantage that comes with hiring an experienced agent is that you will be competing with their other clients for their time. And unfortunately, their top priority clients will be the ones who dish out a larger commission amount (aka those with higher-priced properties). This can, again, cause delays in selling your property and delays in your personal timeline.

Timing is EVERYTHING
In your mind, you have a set timeline that you plan on following during the home selling process. Adding an agent’s timeline into the mix could possibly throw that off completely. If the agent is unable to dedicate enough time to selling the house due to other commitments or clients, your property could sit on the market for months and months- causing frustration and a huge disruption in your personal timeline.

So now that you’ve gained some perspective on what hiring an agent entails, what do you think is the best way to sell your property? Selling privately is tough, and hiring an agent may seem easier than it actually is. Again, this is a very important transaction in life, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the most stressful one. Are there any other options out there?

ENTER FORTE REAL ESTATE
Our team at Forte Real Estate is here to make the home selling process easy, efficient and flexible. Since we are NOT agents, there are ZERO COMMISSION FEES -we prefer to deal directly with you, the seller. We buy homes in ANY CONDITION (pre or post-renovation) and can close in as little as a week. But, you get to choose your ideal closing date, according to your timeline. We will come to you and make a fair cash offer on your property!

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