In slower housing markets, most sellers understand that attracting buyers becomes more of a challenge. With more homes for sale at ever more competitive prices, buyers tend to have more power to choose and negotiate under these circumstances.What steps can you take to insure a faster sale at a higher price? First, seek representation. Over the last ten years, the number of homes that sold “by owner” fell by one third, and that statistic includes all markets, both hot and cool. What does that trend mean? Sellers have come to realize that real estate professionals are better equipped to produce top dollar offers, especially in slower conditions.
In 2006, the National Association of REALTORSÂ® reported that the median selling price for homes listed through agents was 16% higher than those homes that were sold “by owner.” Beyond putting more money in your pocket, an agent also saves you untold headaches associated with marketing your home, orchestrating showings, and coordinating paperwork.
Last year, a significant number of unrepresented sellers ended up finally turning to a professional. Why wait until your home has already become stale inventory to reach the same conclusion? Remember that what works in a slow market also holds true in very active markets – a professional representative simply brings more knowledge and experience to the table, resulting in higher offers in less time.
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