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5 Benefits of Using a Real Estate Agent: Why You Shouldn’t Try to Sell Your Own Home

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5 Benefits of Using a Real Estate Agent

Selling a home is a significant financial transaction, and many homeowners might be tempted to try selling on their own, thinking it will save them money in agent commissions. However, while the idea of a DIY home sale might sound appealing, the reality often paints a different picture. Here are compelling reasons why you shouldn’t try to sell your home on your own and why enlisting the help of a real estate agent can be a smart move.

#1 Market Expertise

Real Estate Agents possess in-depth knowledge of local housing markets. They understand the current trends, pricing strategies, and Buyer preferences. This expertise allows them to set the right listing price for your home, ensuring you neither undersell nor overprice it.

#2 Marketing Power

Selling a home involves more than just listing it online. Real Estate Agents have access to a wide range of marketing tools and networks that can significantly enhance your home’s visibility. From professional photography and virtual tours to targeted online listings, Agents know how to showcase your property in its best light.

Realtors® also have access to the MLS, which means that the home will get even more exposure. First, other Agents, who also have access to the MLS, will see the home and inform their Buyers. Second, popular sites like Zillow and Redfin, which get their content directly from the MLS, will expose the home to even more buyers. But none of that happens, without being listed on the MLS first.

#3 Negotiating Skills

Negotiating the terms of a Real Estate transaction requires finesse and experience. A skilled Agent can navigate these negotiations effectively, ensuring you get the best possible deal. From handling offers to addressing contingencies, their expertise can prevent costly mistakes. Furthermore, a Real Estate Agent that lists your home works for you and is obligated to protect your best interests. Therefore, having a Real Estate Agent on your side will save you time and money – and help you avoid a lot of frustration!

#4 Emotional Buffer

Everyone’s home is special. A lot of memories were created there. So, selling that home can be an emotional journey, and having an Agent by your side can provide a valuable emotional buffer. They can offer objective advice, helping you make rational decisions in what can be an emotionally charged process.

#5 Most People Won't Bother with a FSBO

Nationwide, only 8% of people attempt to sell their own home, and since it’s not common, most Buyers are naturally intimidated by it. The Buyer might perceive the sale to be a liquidation, foreclosure, or some other serious flaw associated with the home. Perception is reality. If you want to sell your home for more, you want to make sure it’s shown in the best light possible. 



Talk to a Real Estate Agent in your area and learn more about what they can do for you. A skilled Real Estate Agent will be able to help you understand costs associated with selling your home, guide you through achieving your Real Estate goals and can navigate you through the legal requirements. Overall, a Real Estate Agent will save you time, money and help you avoid legal and financial errors. 

Nichole Morrell

Nichole Morrell

Hey Central CT! I'm Nichole Morrell, a REALTOR at Turning Point Realty, LLC and a Bristol, CT native and current resident. I have a lot of knowledge about this amazing community and the surrounding towns and cities so if you live in the Central CT area or are thinking of moving here, you have come to the right place! Stay up to date with me on the latest Events, Restaurants, Outdoor Activities, Real Estate trends and more!


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