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Everything You Need To Know About Selling Your Home Without A Realtor

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Finding a real estate agent is usually the first step when selling your home, but what if you don’t want to use one? Although most people sell their home through a realtor, some people decide to do it themselves, mainly because of the cost. 

Selling a home is expensive and real estate agents take a fairly big cut, so you can save money if you avoid using one. But there are some downsides to selling on your own that you need to be aware of. Here’s everything you need to know about selling your home without a real estate agent. 

Why Should You Sell Without A Real Estate Agent? 

The financial aspect is the biggest benefit of selling your home without a real estate agent. They usually take around 3-6% commission on a sale, so depending on the price of your home, you could save tens of thousands if you do the work yourself. 

In some cases, selling your home yourself can be a lot quicker too. However, this only tends to be true when selling directly to a friend or family member. If you already have a buyer lined up, it’s easier to cut out the middleman and push the sale through yourself. 

What Are The Benefits Of Using A Real Estate Agent?

Even though there are some benefits to selling your home on your own, there are some great reasons why you should consider using a real estate agent. Firstly, it is much quicker to sell your home in a lot of cases. If you don’t have a buyer lined up already, a real estate agent has the knowledge and expertise to find potential buyers much faster than you can. You also have the option of using Sell my House companies that will give you a cash offer and can close in as little as a week. Real estate agents are experienced in selling homes and they’ll know exactly how to prepare and advertise your home to attract the right buyers. When you try to do it on your own, you’ll realize that it’s harder than you thought. 

Real estate agents also take on all of the work involved with selling a house. That means taking photos, listing the property, showing people around, dealing with all of the paperwork, and negotiating the price. That’s a lot of work to do on your own, especially if you’ve never sold a house. Their negotiating skills may also be able to help you get a better price, so your overall savings might not be as much as you think if you sell on your own. 

How To Sell A House Without A Real Estate Agent 

By this point, you might be thinking that selling your house without a real estate agent is a terrible idea, but that isn’t necessarily the case. There are a lot of benefits to using a real estate agent but as long as you are willing to put the work in and you feel comfortable negotiating the price with a potential buyer, you can still make some big savings. However, it’s important that you get it right, and these tips will help you out. 

Determine the value accurately 

Making an incorrect valuation on the home is one of the biggest mistakes people make when they try to sell without a realtor. If you value too low, you’ll sell in no time at all but you will miss out on a lot of money. On the other hand, value it too high and you won’t be able to find any potential buyers. People often make the mistake of using a simple valuation tool online but these can be quite inaccurate and could be out by thousands of dollars. It’s best to pay for a professional appraisal so you can get an accurate price. 

Stage your home properly 

When you work with a real estate agent, they will put a lot of time and effort into staging your home and they may even call in a professional home staging company to get it ready for viewings. You’re never going to sell your home unless you can prepare it properly, which means decluttering, moving a lot of personal items out, and potentially redecorating. You need to show people the potential that the home has and if it is decorated in a way that is very personal to you, that is more difficult. Everybody’s tastes are different, so it’s best to go for neutral color schemes and remove as much furniture as possible to make the rooms look larger. Make sure to deal with any small maintenance issues too because a buyer will notice these things. 

That also means styling and staging the home in a way that’s most likely to appeal to the target buyer. So if you’re selling a penthouse in a city, think about the kind of person who’s going to be looking for that kind of home and stage your property with that buyer in mind.

Hire a professional photographer

Taking high-quality photos of your home is so important because it’s those photos that will encourage people to book a viewing. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can just take them yourself to save some money. If you take your own photos and the quality is bad, you will have a much harder time getting anybody interested in the house and you’ll never book any viewings. If you want to sell the home quickly, you should invest in a professional photographer. 

Learn to negotiate 

Negotiation skills are one of the most important things that real estate agents bring to the table. If you are unable to negotiate with a potential buyer, you won’t get a decent price for your home and the savings you have made by selling it yourself will be cancelled out. So, do some research on the local real estate markets and brush up on your negotiating skills before you meet with potential buyers. 

Selling your home without a real estate agent is possible, and it’s a great way to save money. However, it only works if you do your research and you are prepared to put a lot of work in. As long as you follow these essential tips, you should be able to get a good price for your home without using a real estate agent. 


Marc Wilson is the Guest Lifestyle Editor of Social Life Magazine, a 2013 Big Apple Award nominee and the Founder and Creative Director of MWD Lifestyles (formerly Marc Wilson Design) and Weddings by MWD Lifestyles. Marc’s company is a full scale wedding, event design, production and planning company with destination partnerships and capabilities and has grown to be the name in the decor and events, weddings and destination industry it is today. Marc’s fifteen years within the events industry has resulted in national and international recognition and, to date, MWD Lifestyles has worked with Rolex, Hugo Boss, Martha Stewart Weddings and MGM Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Marc’s work has been published in Grace Ormond Wedding Style, Design Bureau, New York Weddings, Manhattan, Essence, Weddings by Design, The Knot, Brides and Town&Country. Instagram@mwdlifestyles

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