This article contains my opinions. Some material in this
article may be affected by
changes in law. I am not engaged in the rendering of
investment, accounting, or legal services.
If these services are required, I urge the reader to obtain
them from a competent professional.
Much of what follows may sound as though I am also trying to
talk you into using a real estate
professional. I confess, I am. For most home owners, selling
is a rare event. Selling without
the assistance of an experienced real estate professional is
like representing yourself in court.
As they say, you will be sure to have a fool for a client.
Aside from the skills required, selling a
home is a lot of work . Add up all the hours real estate
professionals spend selling a home then
subtract their numerous out-of-pocket expenses and you’ll find
they end up earning less per
hour than any other comparable professional. In short, they’re
Real estate agents provide countless services such as:
Attending and assisting
you at the closing.
Remember, For-Sale-by-Owner signs and ads often attract
lowball offers from deal hunters
expecting you to give them the commission in the form of a
price reduction. This costs
you three ways:
1. You lose the commission savings anyway.
2. You suffer the costs normally absorbed by the real estate
3. You don’t get all the services the real estate professional normally