"I’M THINKING ABOUT SELLING. A FRIEND REFERRED ME TO HER REAL ESTATE AGENT, BUT HER AGENT MAINLY WORKS IN A DIFFERENT AREA THAN WHERE I LIVE. SHOULD I CONSIDER USING HER AGENT?" Although many real estate agents do concentrate on specific areas, that doesn’t mean that an agent isn’t knowledgeable about other areas and neighborhoods nearby. In fact, many agents are well-versed in the market conditions of quite a large region and are able to apply their experience and knowledge
"THERE HAVE BEEN VERY FEW HOME SALES IN OUR AREA. HOW CAN WE SET OUR LIST PRICE IF WE DON’T HAVE ANY COMPARABLE SALES TO GO BY? ALSO, TO COMPLICATE THINGS, WE’VE MADE A LOT OF UPGRADES TO OUR HOME." This is a situation in which having an experienced real estate agent who knows your area is vital. Not having any recent sales in your neighborhood—and the fact that your home has undergone a lot of upgrades—does provide a few challenges, but a good real estate agent will be able
The idea of saving money by selling your home without a real estate agent can be enticing, but you may regret not hiring an agent. Here’s why: Your home will likely sell for more when you use an agent. According to the National Association of Realtors, for sale by owner (FSBO) homes sold for an average of $210,000 compared to $249,000 for agent-assisted sales in 2014. That’s a whopping 15.6 percent difference. Agents know and understand the intricacies of the selling process.