- Selling Your Home -

How can a real estate agent help me sell my home?

There are countless decisions to be made when selling a home, and many of them will significantly affect whether or not you make a profit and how much time it takes to sell your home. A real estate agent can offer specialized knowledge in research, marketing and negotiations to help you meet or exceed your goals. According to the National Association of REALTORS(r), 82 percent of home sales are the result of agent connections.

A real estate agent will:

  • Serve as your advocate and representative when dealing with buyers, buyers' agents and service providers.
  • Help you establish a fair asking price that also meets your goals.
  • Advise you on how to present your home aesthetically to maximize its appeal to buyers.
  • Design a customized marketing plan that will promote your home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tactics can include the MLS, direct mail campaigns, flyers, yard signs, advertising, Internet listings and open houses.
  • Schedule and host open houses and home tours.
  • Screen all written offers and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Assist you in making counteroffers.
  • Prepare your closing documents.
  • Represent you at closing and mediate any last-minute obstacles to ensure a smooth, successful transaction.
  • Provide referrals to proven service providers, including title companies, inspectors, appraisers, pest control, moving companies and more.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Real estate professionals can represent the seller, the buyer or both. When agents represent both parties, it is called dual agency. In some states, dual agency affects the real estate professional's fiduciary responsibilities to the seller. Keep in mind that real estate laws differ from state to state and even from locale to locale. For more in-depth answers, talk with a knowledgeable real estate professional and ask about local practices.

What are customers are saying about us

My wife and I couldn’t have been happier than we were with Steve. We have moved 10 times over the last 15 years and often used real estate agents. I haven’t met a more professional or thorough agent than Steve. He helped us determine the proper value for the property we just purchased by conducting an exhaustive analysis. Then he kept us informed each step of the way. We were never left to wonder what the status was of the offer. We purchased a bank-owned property, which adds layers of bureaucracy and difficulty. Steve willingly took the brunt of the headaches with good humor and a smile. Even after closing, he stayed involved to ensure a few loose ends were tied up. I can’t imagine what else he could have done to make the experience any better. We were thrilled and would say you would be very hard pressed to find a better agent to represent you.