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So you’ve decided to sell your home. Congratulations! It’s a big step, and definitely a life-changing event not to be taken lightly.

An obvious question you might be asking yourself is: How do I put this all into motion and formulate a plan that will work best for my family?

Truthfully, once you’ve decided that selling your home is the next thing on your to-do list, call a professional, local Realtor. In fact, call two or three of them.

  • Here’s a great place to begin the process:

Ask a few friends or family members that have recently bought (or sold a home) about their experiences. Be sure to ask specifically about their real estate agent. Did they have an experience they can rave about? Did their Realtor go above and beyond to ensure all the details were handled correctly and in a time efficient manner? Could they make a solid recommendation? If so, call or email the agent and invite them to meet you in person so you can chat about your new adventure and what they can bring to the party.

It’s always a good idea to seek out a second or third opinion as well. Google search or call your local prominent real estate firm and ask the Managing Broker to have a respected, well-rounded agent who handles the area of town you’d like to search in to get in touch with you. You’ll typically get a very educated, friendly and ambitious agent giving you a call within a few minutes – to a few hours.

  • But why hire a Realtor? Why not just handle it yourself?

Selling your home without representation could place any family in a compromised position with complex, and expensive consequences in the event something goes terribly wrong. If you don’t understand your State’s real estate laws and practices about disclosure, fair housing, and contract negotiation (just to list a few examples) could find yourself sweating in a court room, when you should be relaxing in your new living room. Professional and competent real estate agents absolutely bring uncompromised value to every transaction. Keeping family’s on target and staying clear of trouble is imperative.

For those people who don’t normally buy and sell a lot of property, or don’t know any Realtors personally, it can be easy to overlook, or be completely unaware of all the hard work that actually goes into the home-selling process on your behalf. You’d be surprised to learn how much weight an agent can really carry for you. It’s also interesting to note that they perform these tasks at no charge to until a closing takes place. That’s pretty impressive when you consider the time and money that goes into this extremely involved process.