Thinking of selling your home yourself? Here’s what you need to know

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03/06/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff

If you’re wondering about the value of hiring a Texas REALTOR®, you’re not alone. But before you decide to do a FSBO (for sale by owner), see if you can answer these questions.

How much your home is worth? When it comes to pricing, you can’t rely on estimator websites to give you an accurate value. Those sites don’t have data about what homes are selling for in your neighborhood or how your kitchen remodel affects your price. In addition, it’s easy to let your personal attachment to the property inflate the price. And be careful, because if you price it too high, it will linger on the market. But if you price it too low, you’ll lose out on money.

Can you market your property? You can put a sign in your yard, post your property to a few classified websites, and maybe make some fliers to hang. How many potential buyers do you think that will bring you? Probably not a lot.

Are you ready to show your house? If you do attract potential buyers, you’ll have to keep a flexible schedule to juggle showings. Don’t forget about the safety concerns associated with letting strangers into your home.

Can you avoid legal problems? Real estate transactions are complex, and legal issues come up frequently. One small mistake on your part could cost you big, whether it’s because you’ll lose money or end up in a lawsuit. Be ready to spend time reading through paperwork and researching to make sure you’re not breaking the law.

As you can see, selling your home on your own means investing your time in research, marketing, showing the property, and more tasks that aren’t even mentioned here. That’s probably why 87% of sellers in Texas used a Texas REALTOR® last year.

Texas REALTORS® have access to accurate data to determine the right price for your property. They’re able to market your property more extensively than you could alone. Texas REALTORS® also take care of showings and vet potential buyers for you. And they can call the Texas Association of REALTORS® Legal Hotline, staffed by five attorneys who can answer their questions about real estate law and related matters. Instead of going it alone, talk to a Texas REALTOR®, who has the experience and tools to make your home sale go smoothly.

Categories: Sellers
Tags: consumers, selling


Maria Reed on 04/15/2015

i just wanted to say that I love reading the blogs. Thank you for providing such helpful information.

Brenda Barnwell on 03/22/2015

Yep - let a Texas Realtor work for you.! 

Paula on 03/19/2015

This is 1/10 of what we do….

Barb Cole on 03/12/2015

Great information for home owners to really understand that selling a home can be a major undertaking that is quite time consuming and a multilayered process.  And without the resources that are very necessary in selling a home, the homeowner/Seller can miss important elements of the transaction that could potentially cost them more money than just hiring a Realtor that has been in real estate long enough to be able to take on listing and selling the home for the most money as quick as possible while providing a less stressful home selling experience.

Patty Barron on 03/07/2015

thanks for some tips for scripts and dialogue when working with homeowners.  I also love the market statistics regarding % who choose to work with a TX REALTOR!

Jeanette Wright on 03/06/2015

A great REALTOR will more than earn their commission—so, there is no reason to not hire one.  It’s worth your time and money—

Dale Horton on 03/06/2015

Great Post, Thank You

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