At first, trying to sell on your own can seem like a great idea.
You start out all gung-ho. You run around cleaning up your home, removing some items. It smells great, and you have touched up the paint. You purchase a sign and put it in your yard with your phone number on the front. Maybe you purchased or put your home's info on the internet. People start calling you. You notice that a mystery person is peering in your windows. You freak out a little (you should freak out).
You schedule your first appointment for your lunch break. The interested party assures you they will be on time. They are 30 minutes late. They seem nice enough, and really interested in your home. They "ooh and ahh" a lot. You ask for their home number, and you call them two days later. They don't answer. You call again, and they answer and you have a conversation. You ask if they have been pre-approved. They have not but they assure you they can buy.
You schedule your second appointment. It's a no show. Again, on your lunch break. You feverishly prepared your home. Spent hours getting it ready to show. For nothing.
You schedule your third appointment. You get a creepy feeling when they arrive. They ask weird, inappropriate questions. You feel uncomfortable. They ask to walk through your home by themselves. You let them. Two hours later you notice your things seemed to be have been gone through. You look around for missing items. You can't shake that "weird" feeling. You don't call them back.
Phone calls keep coming in, for strange times and inconvenient appointments.
It's hard to keep up with it all.
You have no idea if these people have been working with a Realtor. Have they been pre-approved? No idea.
You can't seem to close anyone. They are interested but vague. What are you doing wrong?
Something is different with this new prospect. They are so excited to buy your home. They assure you the deal will close in 30 days. You called the title company and they didn't have any information yet, but assure you they will work fast when they get the proper documents.
A week later, you have called them again and they still have not received any documents to process the purchase. You moved forward and put a contract on a new house you want to purchase in Fayetteville. You call the buyer's and they still assure you all is well. As time moves on, still nothing seems to happen. The buyer's seem to be so excited, you overlook the small things.
Finally one week before closing you are fed up. You can't seem to get any answers.
You are frustrated, but you still have faith you can make this happen on your own. There is so much information on the internet, you can get through this on your own.
Sound familiar? Have YOU been through this before? Maybe you have heard stories from others, success stories. Maybe it worked for them.
There is a reason to use a professional.
Let me give you a rundown.
Realtors evaluate their buyers and help them move along with the pre-approval process, only bringing you clients that can buy.
Realtors make the appointments for you, and assist those appointments. They walk through the home with the clients, watching out for any weird motives.
On a different note, we tell you what is important with the prep work of getting your home ready. No fluff.
We look at your home objectively, and without the sentiment that you see it with. That is not to say we don't understand your emotions in this process, we do. We save you from unnecessary work. Often what you think is necessary is not what we will see as necessary. I personally cut through the chase. I know what clients are looking for, therefore I am the best reference for staging your home. Making repairs on your home. My advice is strictly to get your home sold. It is easier oftentimes to work on what you know needs work, as opposed to running in circles doing things that aren't needed for the sell of your home.
All of this to say: don't waste time if you are on the fence. Hire me to evaluate your home, giving you the best advice on how to save you as much hassle, frustration and trouble as possible. It is my job, it's what I do.
Rene Guin Realtor