At some point in almost everyone’s life, they will buy or sell real estate. For some, it comes earlier than others, because some people are happy renting. Either way you decide to go is fine, there is no right or wrong way! When the time came for me to sell my home, I thought about trying to do it myself to save some money. You hear about a lot of people trying to take this on themselves, so I figured I would explore that option as well.
Let me start by saying that this was a BIG mistake! It became evident really fast that trying to sell my home on my own was a bad decision. For one, a lot of people will call and schedule a time to see your house for one reason, they are nosey. They have NO intentions of buying, so they are ultimately just wasting your time. This is a great reason to hire a Realtor, so nosey people can waste THEIR time, not yours!
Another concerning issue is the legal side of everything. There is a LOT of paperwork and legal matters that go into any real estate transaction. I am not a lawyer, or a Realtor, so when I was able to delve into this I became overwhelmed pretty fast. Let’s just say the headaches came on strong, and I started questioning why I ever thought I could take this on!
Another downside to taking this on yourself is marketing. Realtors list on the MLS, so the exposure they can provide is not even comparable to trying to take it on yourself. You would have to pay out the wazoo to even come close! A good agents network also brings many interested home buyers to the table, so the benefits of hiring a Realtor are 10 fold.
I did some research, then contacted http://WalworthCountyProperties.com and got hooked up with a great Realtor, someone who had all of the credentials I was looking for. The results were amazing!
I knew Lake Geneva was a great place to live, but I wasn’t completely aware how massive the Lake Geneva real estate was. I got nowhere, and spent endless amount of time, yet within a week of hiring a qualified professional, I had people coming to see my house on a regular basis. In the end, my house sold, I got the price I wanted, and I avoided a lot of headache and hassle by letting someone help me!
In the end, you have to ask yourself if this is something that is really worth doing yourself. It can really soak up your time and energy, and take you away from other things that you need to do in your life.
The moral of the story is to weight your options, but don’t disregard hiring qualified Realtors from one of the many companies in your area.