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Selling a home with a Realtor: A Signed Listing Agreement

Vince Coletti

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Selling a home with a realtor can offer several benefits, but there are also some potential drawbacks to consider. Here are some of the key advantages and disadvantages of selling your home with a realtor:

Benefits:

  1. Personal Time: A realtor can help you save time by handling many of the details involved in selling a home, such as marketing, showing the property, and negotiating with buyers. This can be especially helpful if you have a busy schedule or don’t have experience in real estate.
  2. Pricing: Realtors have access to a wealth of data and resources that can help you price your home competitively, taking into account local market conditions, comparable properties, and other factors.
  3. Legality: Realtors can help you navigate the challenges of the language and terms on purchase agreement, title company, escrow deposits, dealing with appraisals, mortgage contingencies, and other legal requirements.
  4. Marketing: A realtor can help you market your home effectively, using their network of contacts, advertising platforms, and other resources to reach a broad audience of potential buyers.

 

Disadvantages:

  1. Cost: Realtors typically charge a commission of 5-6% of the sale price, which can add up to tens of thousands of dollars. This can be a significant expense, especially if you are selling a high-value property.
  2. Control: When you work with a realtor, you may have less control over the process of selling your home, including pricing, marketing, and negotiating with buyers.
  3. Timing to Funding: Selling a home with a realtor can take longer than selling on your own, as you may need to wait for the realtor to find a buyer and negotiate the terms of the sale. If the buyers are getting a mortgage for the bank expect a farther close date to allow time for the bank to underwrite and send their appraisers. Appraisal terms vary per agreement, realtor, and situation.
  4. Restrictions: Working with a realtor may involve restrictions on your ability to market your home or negotiate with buyers on your own.

 

Overall, whether or not to work with a realtor when selling your home depends on your individual circumstances and preferences. While selling with a realtor can offer many benefits, it may not be the best choice for everyone. It’s important to carefully consider your options and weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.

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