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For Sale By Owner, or using a Real Estate Agent. Information provided here is to assist in how to value and market a home for sale.

8 Tips to Find a Good Real Estate Agent

Whether you are selling your home or wanting to buy a home, find a good real estate agent. So,

How Do You Find A Good Real Estate Agent?

1. Listen – While a good real estate agent should be listening to you, you should also listen to your agent. Do they want to tell you what a great agent they are? Do they try to wow you with a lot of facts and figures? Does they “inflate” the conversation in hopes that you will choose them? Are they straight up with you, telling you what you can expect, good or bad? Are they willing to show you where they get data, figures and how they assess those values? Or do they tell you what you want to hear? You need someone that is not full of hype themselves, someone for which you can have trust and confidence.

How To Find A Real Estate Agent
How To Find A Real Estate Agent

2. Choose a Firm – Many agents work for large or national firms. This has both advantages and disadvantages. National firms advertise their “name” and are well known. However, they carry a price such as franchise fee’s, desk fee’s, printer fee’s and more for each agent. Agents must pay these fee’s to the firms to continue to work there.  However, with membership in the regional MLS and local Board of Realtors all agencies, national or not, will have the same information on homes for sale. Your local “generic” firms can often serve you just as well, if not better. In fact, experienced brokers may choose to work for local firms recognizing their value.

3. Form a Relationship – The agent is going to be handling some confidential matters for you. Make sure you understand your agents “fiduciary” responsibility to you, the client. The agent must be someone for which you can have complete confidence. After all, there responsibility is to help you make the best deal possible and to protect your bargaining power. However, if you’re not willing to sign an agreement with an agent to represent you, they no longer have that fiduciary responsibility. So be careful how much information you divulge to an agent before you have an agreement in writing.

4. Web Savvy – Does your agent have a presence on the internet? Just do a simple search on their name and see what comes up. There should be blogs, articles and more so you can see how your agent is connected with real estate on the web. If you can’t find your agent or what they’re up to, how is it that others will find them? Understanding the web and social marketing and content is a large part of an active agents responsibilities.

5. Videos/Photo’s – If you’re selling your home, does your agent understand the need for videos? Do they know how to put them together? Does your agent have any samples of videos that they can show you?  Follow this link to see one of the properties I have done: Mountain Home for Sale   Photo’s are just as important. These are a large part of marketing, which brings us to our next tip.

6. Marketing – All agencies and firms do marketing, but does your agent have any marketing experience himself or do they rely upon the agency to do all the marketing for them. In other words, how much control does your agent have in marketing and social media, and what will they be doing to market the sell of your property. For the buyer, do they understand the difference in “hype” so as to make you aware of any buzz words that are used as enticements.

7. Find a “Local” Agent – Many agents will move into an area that has been doing well, preying upon the good fortune of that market. However, such agents may know little about the area, background, culture, history, ordinances, etc. This information can prove invaluable to a buyer. Also, if you’re a buyer, you may want to use caution in working with an agent that is teamed with a builder or development. Such agents could be encouraging you to buy in behalf of the builder/developer.

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8. Understand Commissions – Many buyers will begin a search, thinking if they find it themselves they will save money. Truth is, in NC, it is typically the seller that pays the commission. In other words, the buyer benefits greatly by having an agent represent them. There should be no cost to the buyer and the buyers agent will assist in finding the best deals, do the research, preview properties  and choose the ones that best fit the your needs. This can save the buyer valuable time at no cost. As for the seller, their commissions pay for advertising and other marketing expenses, answering phone calls, scheduling appointments and open houses, returning emails and other inquiries,  showing the property, gathering required documents, the cost of adding to MLS, and so much more.

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In any circumstance, whether buying a home or selling a home, a good real estate agent is to your advantage. By using a few simple steps in finding a good real estate agent you will be on target to help you buy or sell your home.

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Buying a Home With Asbestos Siding

Asbestos – The Forbidden Word

Asbestos has been around since the beginning of time. While it had been previously used in many products, it was found that some of these would release asbestos particles into the air. This created health hazards such as cancer to lung tissues and mesothelioma. As a result, fear is invoked into the minds when we hear the word, “asbestos”, and rightly so. However, one must realize that not all products containing asbestos release those particles into the air. This can be the case when buying a home with asbestos.

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Friable Versus Non-Friable Asbestos

These two terms are applied when considering health risks of asbestos. It’s important to understand these terms if you’re buying a home with asbestos siding or other materials.

  • Friable – “…may be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure.” (http://www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/faq.htm)
  • Non-Friable – “Category I non-friable ACM are asbestos-containing resilient floor coverings (commonly known as vinyl asbestos tile (VAT)), asphalt roofing products, packaging and gaskets. These materials rarely become friable. All other non-friable ACM are considered category II non-friable ACM.” (http://www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/faq.htm)

According to the above information, what should one do? “Asbestos-containing materials that aren’t damaged or disturbed are not likely to pose a health risk. Usually the best thing is to leave asbestos-containing material alone if it is in good condition.” (http://www2.epa.gov/asbestos/protect-your-family#whattodo

 

Buying a Home With Asbestos and What to Do

So, are you considering buying a home with asbestos siding? Asbestos siding is considered “non-friable”. It is “not likely to pose a health risk.” (see above)  This is especially the case if it has been encapsulated. This can be accomplished by putting vinyl siding over it, painting or other methods. As in the case of all asbestos, leaving it undisturbed is best. The same can be true with insulation containing asbestos. In fact, there are many commercial buildings that may still contain such insulation and are considered safe according to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS)

Asbestos is a hazard, as are Electromagneitc Radiation (coming from appliances and power lines), gasoline fumes, etc.  However, we have learned to live with such hazards, safely. According to the EPA Standards and Guidelines, we can handle asbestos without the need of going into a panic. Again, the safest method is to leave it undisturbed, much like we would a sleeping lion. If we feel we must do something, the EPA has several websites with information about asbestos abatement. There are also contractors trained in the safe handling and disposal of this product. However, if the home you  are buying just has asbestos siding, there should be little to no concern over this.

So, if I found a house with asbestos siding or insulation would I live in it? Absolutely.
Would I be afraid to sell or buy a home with asbestos siding? No.
Would I sell a home that contained asbestos to my children or grandchildren? Yes.
Is having asbestos in the home a health risk? MDH says, “No.” (http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/asbestos/faq.html)
Should you be concerned if a home you want to buy contains asbestos? That is a personal question that only you can answer.

 

Asbestos is still in some products. It will not be eliminated. Still, we know gas fumes are dangerous, but we continue to pump it into our vehicles every day. The minimum exposure from such is nominal. Such can be the case with Asbestos. If you understand the difference between Friable and Non-Friable, you may well find that your home containing asbestos may not be a problem. Here are a few more resources with information on homes containing asbestos.

Consumer Product Safety Commission -Asbestos In The Home

EPA – Asbestos – Protect Your Family

EPA – Asbestos – Frequently Asked Questions

MDH – Asbestos in the Home not a health risk

Should I Hire An Appraiser?

Why hire an appraiser?

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If you are trying to sell your home yourself, one thing you want to do is make sure you have a fair price for your home. How is that determined?

Contrary to popular belief, the tax assessed value of your home may not be anywhere near the current real estate market value. Market values and trends tend to fluctuate and have many variables. You also don’t want to price according to your neighbors house. Just because they may have something with a “price” on it does not mean it is a fair market price. Also, don’t assume that what a property was listed at is what it sold for. Currently, in our local market many sales may only get 78 – 85% of the listing price. Others may get less. And don’t just pull a number out of the air based on how you feel. You could be to high or worse, to low.

You may want to hire an appraiser. An appraiser uses a lot of information and resources that are available to him to find “comps” (comparable properties) based on recent sales. He then compares a lot of data such as location, type of structure, age/depreciation, replacement costs and more. This may cost a few hundred dollars to get this work done, but it may tell you if you want to sell now or not. It will also ensure that you don’t sell to cheap, leaving money on the table.

Another option is to list your property with a real estate agent. They can prepare you a CMA (Current Market Analysis) as a part of their service. While not an official appraisal a broker will use much of the same information and technique that an appraiser may use. True, many people trying to sell their home themselves do so because they don’t want to pay commissions, thinking they can save the money and put it in in their own pocket. However, pricing too low can cost you as well and if you don’t really know the market pricing to high will mean your time and advertising dollars could be wasted.

What ever method you choose you need to make sure you are pricing correctly. It is always best to use someone that is familiar with current market values to make sure you get top dollar. Hattler Properties, located in Glenville, NC is a firm with several brokers that are eager to assist you in selling your home. If you would like to find the current market value of your home contact Rick or any of the agents at Hattler Properties.

“Flat Fee MLS Listing Service – Save Thousands in Commissions!”

So reads the headlines in many Social Media articles. However, there is a great controversy on whether such listings save you money or cost you money. Here’s why:

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Flat Fee Listings will get you in the MLS. However, it takes  more than being in the MLS to sell your home. Companies that offer you a flat fee to list in the MLS get a large chunck of money up front. Now, they may offer to do more advertising (at a cost), give you signs for your yard (at a cost), answer and screen telephone calls for you (at a cost), bring potential clients to your home (at a cost) and the list can go on & on. It could cost your more to pay for such individual services than if you’d just allowed a broker to sign your listing.

By doing the work yourself you could actually be losing thousands. For example, where did you get the value of your home? Is that a number that you came up with on your own? Was it what a friend thought you should get? Is that what one of your neighbors got for their home? Here again, there are many more questions to consider. A real estate agent will do a Comparative Market Analysis to let you see what the current market allows for homes similar to yours. Did I mention the limited service broker will also do this (at a cost)? If your home is under priced, you will lose the money that may well have paid your broker and put more in your pocket. If your home is overpriced it will just sit on the market and do nothing.

In NC, typically, buyers do not pay commissions. As a result, most buyers choose to have a real estate agent represent them. This is in their best interest since their agent will know what to look for and inform them of any concerns. Statistics have shown that the majority of buyers use an agent, possible for this very reason. So, if a buyer has an agent, the agent sees that you are not wanting to pay commissions (which is how agents earn a living) what do you think? Do you think they will be willing to show your home?

There’s more to Real Estate than meets the eye. We all want to save money. We all want to see our home sold. Agents want to get the most out of your home that they can. To sell your home for less only cuts into their pay as well. Still, a good agent will want to ensure that you are getting the most you possibly can for your home. It’s what builds good will. This is where it falls upon you to learn how to choose a good agent, but that’s another article.

Flat fee MLS listings sound good, on the surface. However, if you tend to look a little deeper these listings may not serve your best interests and could cost you more.

Sell Your Home Yourself and Save Real Estate Commissions!

Put the Commissions in Your Pocket!

This is the goal of every homeowner. In fact, why would you pay a real estate agent for what you can do yourself? Most people feel that real estate agents ask too much for what they do and choose to sell their homes themselves. These are known as For Sale By Owner, or FSBO (pronounced “fizz-bo”), for short. In fact there are many web sites that FSBO’s can use to get their property on the web site. To begin your task of selling your home you’ll need to consider a few things. This list is not all inclusive and is in particular interests for FSBO’s in NC.

 

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Things You’ll Need to Sell Your Home Yourself

– NC Statute G.S 47E (Disclosure Act) Requires sellers of homes to provide purchasers with this form. Use this link for your free print out from the NC Real Estate Commission. This is a new mandatory document in NC. If you’re not familiar with this document it could be in your best interest to have an agent assist you in going over the information to make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities. You can’t get around this form.

  • Price Your Home Correctly

-This is an area where most people have problems. How do you price your home? The best way is to perform a Comparative Market Analysis or have one done for you. Many real estate agents will assist you with this for a small fee ($200-$300+). Although this is not an appraisal, it will help you to see the probable selling price of your home. It has been determined that many FSBO’s do not price their home correctly and can easily loose 10’s of thousands of dollars. The opposite can be true. If a FSBO prices to high, potential buyers will skip over these properties. If you’re not getting many lookers, this may be one of many reasons. This is where a real estate agent may be of value to you. You can also use this link to see how much your home is worth. DO NOT GO BY COUNTY TAX RECORDS. These can be very misleading and not reflect Current Market Value.

  • MLS Listing

-If you want people to find your home, you need to be on the MLS. Since you have to be a member of a local real estate board you will need the service of a licensed agent to do this.  Some “limited” agencies and web sites can help you accomplish this. However, be willing to pay $700-$1000 for such service, even at online FSBO sites. However, MLS listings also put your property in front of all the real estate agents in the local board. This is why having an listing agent is so beneficial. It also gives you the power of having all the agents working together.

  • Telephone

-This may seem like a no brainer. However, potential clients want someone to talk to when they call. You must be willing to accept calls at any time of the day or night to answer questions from potential buyers. This is why real estate agents give out their cell numbers, so they can be located at any moment.

  • Be Ready To Show Your Home

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-Many potential buyers only show up on weekends. They work all week and the only time they have to seem homes is on weekends and perhaps evenings. Many real estate agents will tell you this is one of the worst parts of their job, being available when a buyer client is wanting to see a home.

  • All Documentation

-This includes all building permits for any additions you may have added to your home since it was first built. If you did not have a permit to build, this can come out at closing. You could owe back taxes or worse, you may be forced to tear down at your expense. Don’t think you can hide such things. If this comes out later, even after the sale, you could be liable. This is one of the reasons for the new Property Disclosure Form. Also have sewer permits and any other documents pertaining to the property, including a copy of your deed. You will need to gather these to look back over them to make sure you’re not missing anything. This is a job usually performed by a real estate agent.

  • Time and Money for Marketing

-Don’t think that because you have your home for sale, a sign in the yard and your property listed on an MLS that you’re going to have people calling you. It doesn’t work that way. You need a client list (think of friends, family members, acquaintances) that may be interested in your property. CALL THEM. Then send out emails, advertise in real estate magazines, newspapers and any other media you can find. If you have a blog or web site that is popular in search engines, use them. Write informative news letters and articles. Take plenty of high quality pictures and put them on flyers and distribute. All of this costs money, thus the reason why real estate agents charge a commission.

  • Be Familiar with Due Diligence and HUD-1 Forms

-Due Diligence is the period of time a buyer has to inspect a home to decide if they want to go through with the purchase of your home or not. The majority of buyers use a real estate agent since buyers typically pay no commission. The real estate agent is there to help and protect their interests. Should the agents client be interested in your property, you should expect the agent to approach you about a commission. You do not have to agree to this commission. However, most likely he and his client will walk away, thinking you may have something to hide. Think about it; are you willing to let a potential sell get away over a small commission? How much will it cost you in payments, taxes, advertising and more to decline on a commission? Then you will need to go over a HUD-1 Settlement Form and understand what all you may have to pay out at closing. These are things a real estate agent will help you see up front, before closing. there are pro-rations for taxes and other potential costs which you may not have considered.

  • Square Footage

-Be careful! Use Caution!!! What you “think” you may be able to cou

nt, may not be allowed according to Real Estate Law. In fact, if you report square footage you could be liable for

incorrect reporting.

  • Qualify the Buyer

-They don’t call them “looky-loo’s” for nothing. You may get many calls, but if you don’t qualify the buyer first, you could be wasting your time. Real Estate agents will often ensure a potential buyer has been pre-qualified before showing your home.

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  • Lead Based Paint Disclosure

-If your home was built prior to 1978, you must give the buyer a disclosure that states the potential for lead based paint. The buyer may then order a test to be performed. Still, you must disclose this possibility.

  • Other Data You May Need

-Septic permit, building permit for any additions, HOA copies, CCR’s, Survey, Copy of Deed, WIR, well/water inspection (especially if community water),  home warranty, mortgage loan and other pertinent information. While some of this information may seem “personal” it will be needed at closing and will all have to be disclosed sooner or later.

 

Selling your own home can be a lot of fun. It may save you in commissions. However, according to Trulia and many other resources, the majority of home sellers do better hiring a Real Estate Agent. The reason is simple: While agents do charge a commission for their services, their knowledge and service’s that are provided usually far outweigh the cost and efforts that it takes the average homeowner to do all the work. It could be likened to car repairs. While an individual may feel he can save money changing his own oil, by the time he goes to pick up the parts, have a place to do the work, the cost of tools and finding a recycling center for the oil he will have more involved than if he just took his vehicle to a 20 minute lube shop. Still, there are those that enjoy that type of work and will just do it for the fun of it.

Selling your own home can be fun. However, don’t expect it to be as simple as putting it in the paper and getting dozens of offers. This is not typical. Still, if you have the time and knowledge on how to sell your home, give it a whirl.

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Staging A Home For Sale

You’ve lived in your home all your life, or at lest perhaps the last several years. During that time you’ve accumulated many keepsakes (gifts from friends or grand children, trophies, nick nacks, your porcelain collection, you get the picture). You have this “stuff” on display all around your home. While this is all great “stuff” and you’ll definitely want to keep it, it may not serve your best interest to keep it on display. Staging is a term that is often used in the real estate world to basically say, “Let’s set your home up like a showroom!” Think of it, when you go to a nice showroom, how much clutter do you see? What is it that makes a showroom look so nice? Isn’t it the nice clean atmosphere? There’s not a lot of clutter, until maybe when you go into the salesman’s office. You might say the showroom policy wants you to see what they have for sale, nothing else. So it is with your home. Everyone, including ourselves, has their own style. One may like stripes, another plaids, contemporary, Gothic, modern, classical and the list goes own. When selling your home you’re not trying to impress people with your style. In fact, keeping things as simple as possible is what allows people to see what they can do with a place, thus their style. So, now we get down to the nitty-gritty. How do you prepare your home to sell?

Remove All Clutter

You want to sell your home, right? So, this means you are hoping to move, soon. So why not look at this as an opportunity to “pre-pack” some of your belongings. You have time to carefully package smaller items and label boxes to make them easy to find. While you may wish to leave a “few” pictures out, the less the better. Especially when this comes to family portraits. This cleans off dressers, lamp stands, mantles, shelves and more.

 

Don’t forget the Bathroom

This can be an easily overlooked area. Do you have a bunch of toothbrushes or other personal items out. Do you like to see other peoples personal items? Put these in a drawer or medicine cabinet. Having your denture cup or contact lens holder on the vanity can be a little unsightly. I know, you still live here and are using such necessities. Still, during the day try to put them back in the cabinet or in a drawer. This won’t last long. Soon your house will be sold and you’ll be in your new home! Then you can go back to living a normal life.

WATCH THIS VIDEO OF A WELL STAGED HOME

Organize Your Closets/Work Shops

This doesn’t mean put everything you just packaged into the closets. Closets that are packed say to potential buyers, “How do you expect to get all your stuff in there if there’s no room”.  Well organized closets that show there is room to store more stuff says, “Hey, now you know where you can put your things”. The same is true for workshops guys. Finally, now that you’re moving, you can get around to organizing that shop in the garage like your wife has been begging you to do for years.

 

Remove Odors

Uh oh! Do you smoke? Do you have pets? Are there pet stains in the carpet? Where’s the litter box? People that don’t smoke or have pets will easily pick up such odors. Those of us that may smoke or have pets have been accustomed to such and may no longer notice these. However, when a potential client comes to preview, such can give way to feeling like the current owners may not be clean or that there may be other concerns with the property. So how do you eliminate such?

Cleaning carpets and drapery will do wonders. Also, a fresh coat of paint can do much to eliminate odors. The latter may also serve to neutralize your color scheme. Neutral colors allow potential purchasers the opportunity to focus on the home, not a decorating scheme which they may or may not be fond of.

 

Remove Furniture

I don’t mean take out all the furniture. In fact, you may not have to remove any. The main point here is that you want to keep a room looking and feeling open. That is, you don’t want anyone to have to squeeze by a piece of furniture to get into the living room or to a desk. Speaking of desks, is that computer stand really necessary at this point? Perhaps you could start getting all your files together and put them in storage, thus making more space. Do you really need all of those chairs in the living room? Or even think about rearranging what you do have. Remember, the more “open” it looks, the better the appeal.

 

Final Staging Tips for Your Home

Your home is for sale. Selling a home can be a major disruption in your life. However, if you start now by packing some smaller items away, you’re at least one step ahead of the game in being ready for the big move. Also, your giving potential home buyers the opportunity to see what all your home has to offer them. And by staging your home in a way that it presents itself like a showroom, people can walk in and see how beautiful their home can be. Just like that showroom, they won’t want to leave without making a purchase. Now that’s appeal!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Broker for Glenville, Cashiers, and Highlands, MC
Glenville Real Estate Broker

 

Rick Creel is a Real Estate Broker at Hattler Properties in Glenville, NC. This firm serves the Real Estate needs of Highlands, Cashiers, Glenville, Sapphire, Lake Toxaway, Cullowhee and surrounding areas. Rick has been serving the housing and real estate needs of the region since the mid 1970’s. Rick is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Highlands/Cashiers Board of Realtors. Rick and his real estate interests can also be found on these social networks:

 

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Do I Need a Real Estate Agent to Sell My Home?

DO I NEED A REAL ESTATE AGENT TO SELL MY HOME?

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The short answer is NO! You do not have to have a real estate agent to sell your home. You can go through the process without any representation. However, this could be likened to going to court without a lawyer. So before you decide to try a For Sale By Owner approach, you may want to consider what an agent does. True, you can do all of the work yourself, but if you have a busy life or lack the resources and marketing skills, you may come out ahead to consider using a real estate agent.

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What is My Home Worth$$$

One of the first things to consider is the current value of your home. There are a few ways that many try to asses it’s value:

  1. Property Tax Value – Oddly enough, when we get our bill each year, most of us KNOW that our home is not worth its assessed value. Assessed is the county’s amount to generate tax revenue for the county budget.
  2. Neighboring Homes For Sale PriceThere is a difference between a “Listed” price and the actual “Selling” price. Just because a home is “Listed” for a certain amount does not mean that is what it sold for. And don’t expect your neighbor to be honest about the “sold” price. However, this is public record and you can get this from the tax records.
  3. I’ve Lived Here for XX Years – Known as “Sentimental Value” your emotions have no value in the market price of your home. Although your father may have built the house and 3 generations grew up there, this does not equate to “value” in the minds of buyers.
  4. My Friend Sold His House For… – While this may be true, where is his house? Is it in close proximity or in another area? Does it have a view? How many square feet is this house in relation to yours? Did his have a fireplace or lake view like yours? This and many other variables come in to play and adjustments have to be made. Without experience and current information and knowing how to make adjustments you could leave money on the table or be asking too much.
  5. I Paid $$$ For My House– What you paid for your house and what is its current value are two different matters. Housing markets are constantly changing. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency a home purchased in the middle of 2008 for $450,000 was only worth about $430,000 by the end of 2013. Use this link for a FREE HOUSING PRICE CALCULATOR on your home.
  6. CMA (Comparative Market Analysis)– This is most often used by Real Estate Brokers. They look at all data available to them, including recent sales and amounts of similar properties. They often use programs to make adjustments according to size and other special features to arrive at a Current Market Value. Listing Prices and tax values are usually not considered as these could be inflated. This is not considered to be an appraisal, unless your agent is a licensed appraiser. However, the techniques used are very similar.
  7. Use of An Appraiser – You will need to hire and pay an appraiser to give you a value on your home. Although this is similar to a CMA, appraisers are licensed, trained individuals that use many of the same concepts as a CMA. However, appraisers will often use distressed and foreclosed properties. Real Estate agents usually elect not to use these as they will drive down the overall price of your home.

While this is not a comprehensive list of all methods used to calculate value, you can begin to see that the process of pricing your home correctly for a sale is really an art. It also requires some experience to get a marketable price. Using your best guess could cost you in loss of revenue or pricing to high so as to discourage potential buyers. The process may also take a few days with much research. One needs to consider such time and resources when trying to sell their home without an agent.

Using a real estate agent does not mean they will lower your price to make a sale. The truth is, agents are paid in commissions. They want to make as much as they possibly can. To do that your home must be priced fair and in a range that potential buyers are willing to pay. As a “Sellers” agent in NC, your agent must exercise skill, care and diligence to the “Sellers” best interest. If not, he could open himself to disciplinary action by the NC Real Estate Commission. If you feel your NC agent has not treated you properly you can file a complaint HERE.

This is the first in a series on How to Sell Your Home With or Without an Agent. Return often to learn more on How To Sell Your Home.

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