The primary reason most homeowners ask why use a realtor when selling a home without an agent is to save money. Although real estate commission is negotiable, it can cost you a pretty penny. San Diego commission can range as low as 4% and as high as 6% with the best real estate agents. I typically represent homeowners in the sale of their Carlsbad homes and Encinitas homes. In these neighborhoods it is common to have a $1.3 million home. Therefore calculating to a listing agent’s commission of $52,000 – $78,000.
Understandably, some homeowners have a hard time seeing the value of a service. Especially when that service costs as much as a new luxury car. However 80% of all FSBO home without an agent end up hiring a Realtor after unsuccessfully selling their home. There seems to be a misconception about the level of skill and expertise that selling a home requires. Below are the most common reasons homeowners fail and why you should use a realtor.
Why use a Realtor – Should you Sell Home Without a Real Estate Agent?
The first reason for using a realtor is to get the best price. When selling a home without an agent, the top mistake is listing a home at the wrong price. If a home is overpriced you stand a very low chance of selling it. Many homeowners do not have the resources nor experience on how to value a home (why Zestimate is inaccurate). Pricing strategy is one of the most critical elements when selling any product. Especially when selling your most valuable asset, your home. Accurately pricing a home is an art that many real estate agents have diligently worked to perfect. Many San Diego homeowners who sell their home without an agent end up choosing the wrong price.
The most common mistake I see when selling a home without an agent is the dismissal of the value given. Additionally, many people who sell homes without an agent use their own method to determine the price of a home. I often see homeowner’s emotional investment in the pricing of their home. Especially when they have recently made a costly modification to their home. Unfortunately many modifications and remodeling projects are not considered an improvement or return on investment. Rather, they are classified as routine maintenance (learn how to increase the value of a home).
Lack of Online Real Estate Exposure
Nearly 90% of people start their home buying process by searching online. However listing your home for sale on Zillow with a “For Sale” sign in your yard doesn’t guarantee a sale. There are many benefits to hiring a real estate agent. Moreover, an agent who works with a world renowned broker such as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. For example, BHHS is constantly contracting with companies to automatically syndicate their agent’s listings. Likewise on several hundreds of websites that are accessed worldwide. Most FSBOs don’t consider that their buyer may be in another country, and that common websites that are used within the United States such as Zillow and Trulia, do not provide international exposure, therefore limiting your home’s online presence.
Furthermore, after clearing your browsing history (to get a more accurate idea of what a potential buyer will see when they search for a new home) go to Google and type in “Carlsbad homes for sale”, “Carlsbad real estate”, or “Encinitas homes for sale”. As you will see, these example keywords populate a variety of options to find a home, all of which offer hundreds of Carlsbad homes (or Encinitas homes for sale) and thousands of homes for sale within San Diego County which are automatically syndicated from the San Diego Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This is another great answer for why use a realtor.
Buyers want savings when selling a home without an agent
Many FSBO’s don’t consider that potential buyers know that you are not paying a real estate agent’s commission. Therefore, the majority of FSBO buyers are discount shopping and expecting you to be fair by sharing the savings on the commission. It is not uncommon for a buyer to automatically offer 5% less to a FSBO. Due to hundreds of real estate agents in San Diego County, finding a realtor can be a daunting task. Learn How to find a La Costa Carlsbad Realtor or How to find an Encinitas Realtor today. This is another great answer for why use a realtor.
Accessing The Home and Buyer Qualifications
The logistics of working a job while playing real estate agent is a heavy load to handle. Most FSBOs don’t realize that serious home buyers expect to access your home during all hours of the day. Therefore if you’re at work 9 to 5 and cannot accommodate your prospects, they may forgo your house all together. Additionally, if you don’t know how to pre-qualify a potential buyer you could be wasting your time. Many people like to look at homes but are not ready or able to buy a home. Knowing the right questions to ask before showing a home makes a huge difference.
Most importantly your safety is at risk when you open your home to strangers with having little to no information about them. The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE), National Association of Realtors, San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR), and North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR) are all organizations that verify the credibility and integrity of a licensed real estate agent in San Diego county. These organizations also provide agents with disclosures that protect both the buyer and the seller from dreadful real estate lawsuits. By eliminating a real estate agent from your real estate transaction, you are increasing the risk of your well being as well as your financial standing.
While Selling Real Estate FSBO may seem like an attractive option to save money on real estate commission, 80% of all homes listed FSBO end up hiring a realtor after unsuccessfully selling their home on their own. As we discussed, the most common reasons FSBOs fail, is because the house is listed at the wrong price, there is a lack of online exposure, the owner doesn’t realize that the buyer expects a savings on the commission too, limited showing accessibility, and the inability to qualify buyers. There are many associations in place which scrutinize the credibility of real estate agents, in order to protect homeowners when they sell their home and buyers when they purchase a home. In conclusion, don’t risk you or your family’s security for perceived financial gain.
If you are a Carlsbad FSBO or Encinitas FSBO and find you end up needing the help of a Realtor, I would welcome the chance to be interviewed.
About the author:
Why use a Realtor – Should you Sell Home Without a Real Estate Agent? was provided by James Jam. The #1 Individual Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Agent in San Diego County. James can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 858-210-0509. James Jam’s personal philosophy is “Dreams Made Real” that encompasses the perfect real estate experience. It is the gold standard that he has strived to provide throughout his career as a residential real estate agent since 1989.
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