Why use a professional when selling?

Can’t I just do this myself and save money? For sale by owner may initially seem like a great idea - it’s simple, right? Just place a few classified ads, put up a lawn sign and presto… a pocketful of money saved. Or is it? Please carefully consider the following: Do you have the time, energy and resources to do it yourself? How much is your valuable time worth? Of course, some people have indeed been “lucky” and have successfully sold their homes privately. The reality is that selling your home is a large and inconvenient job, and there’s a good chance you may encounter some hassles.

  • Your home will not be listed on the MLS system - the marketing tool which provides your greatest exposure to other agents with clients looking to buy as well as people searching the net
  • Offers you receive will often be below market value, as people seeing you trying to sell on your own will be looking to take advantage or get a deal
  • You won’t have access to all the market statistics that a professional realtor does (sales of comparable homes in the neighbourhood, market trends, etc.) Deciding on a competitive listing price means more than pegging a number on, of what you believe it to be worth
  • No network of contacts
  • Appropriate screening of potential buyers, to insure they are financially approved to purchase your home.
  • You will not have a skilled negotiator working for you - you’ll be on your own, dealing face-to-face with the purchaser of your home

Avoid the pitfalls by utilizing a reputable, full-time dedicated professional REALTOR® like Chris Brown.