The Risks of Selling Your House Without An Agent in Roswell

So you want to sell your house – and you also want to put all the sale proceeds in your pocket. You certainly can. Many people do sell without an agent and don’t have to pay an agent commission. But is that the best way, and does it really save you money? Real estate statistics show that “FSBO listings sell for about 5.5 percent less than comparable properties sold through the MLS.”  The problem is that many people just don’t understand the many benefits of using an agent. And, on the flip side, are you aware of the risks of selling your house without an agent in Roswell.

Incorrect Pricing

You know what you want to get out of your home sale, but do you know how to price it competitively for a quick and profitable sale? Pricing a property to sell requires the experience and knowledge that only an agent has. You have to know what comparable houses have been selling for in the same area, and you have to understand the local market. If you don’t, you run the risk of having your house sit on the market unsold for months – which typically means that you eventually wind up selling your house for less.

Less Marketing Reach

Marketing is a key element of selling a house. So one of the major risks of selling your house without an agent in Roswell is limited and ineffective marketing. Simply put, listing with an agent gets your house more exposure, and more eyeballs on your listing means a greater chance of a sale at the price you want. In addition, real estate marketing has largely moved on online, so not using an agent could cause you to lose out on the huge reach of online marketing.

The Time Cost

Time is money, the saying goes, and it is. Another of the risks of selling your house without an agent in Roswell is that it will cost you a lot of time – which ultimately means that it costs you money. Without an agent, you’ll have to use up a lot of your valuable time marketing, showing your house at odd and inconvenient hours, negotiating with buyers, and rounding up all the necessary documents. Selling your house without an agent can be a huge time sink.

Ineffective Negotiations

One of the greatest benefits your agent can bring to the table is her negotiating expertise and experience. So a risk of selling your house without an agent in Roswell is selling for less. Negotiating with buyers can be a tricky business to get the most for you as the seller while still allowing buyers to think they are getting something. Do you know how to get the most for your house without giving away too much in the form of concessions? Your agent does.

Legal Risk

Finally, when you sell your house without an agent, you expose yourself to legal risk. Acting as your own agent, you are legally responsible and liable for everything you do. And if you aren’t up to speed on all the pertinent laws and regulations, especially your state’s disclosure laws, you could open yourself up to a lawsuit. Then, you would have to hire an attorney – which costs enormously more than an agent’s commission.

Really, there is not a good reason not to use an agent. After reading about the risks of selling your house without an agent in Roswell, you probably agree. Then, the challenge is finding a qualified, experienced local agent who can meet your real estate needs. Our agents fit that bill. Find out how we can help avoid the risks and get a better deal.

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Tania Gardere MacLeod

Roswell’s Perfect Spot Top Producing Real Estate Agent & Lacrosse Mama IT'S THE PERFECT SPOT Hi, I’m Tania (pronounced Tan - like a SUN-TANya, not TONya). Not to digress, but I get this question all the time. My husband Doug & I have lived here in Roswell since 2002 and we have 1 son and 3 girls. All of them play lacrosse, so when I’m not out showing and selling houses, doing walk throughs, attending closing celebrations, taking continuing education classes, attending seminars, watching HGTV or jogging with my dogs, you’ll find me on the side lines of a lacrosse field cheering for my kids and their teams! I’ve been in Real Estate right here in Roswell since 2007. Currently, I average about 95%+ of my business comes from referral, so it’s critical that I connect with my clients from the beginning and spend some time discussing what their goals are, so we can create a plan that makes sense for them. I’ve been able to sell homes for more money and in less time than the average agent in Atlanta. That means your house is on the market for less time, so you can move on to your next phase of life... and have more money too! Being in the top 10% of all real estate agents in Atlanta, means I’m doing more business so I deal with the majority of bumps that can come up during a transaction so that we are better prepared how to handle anything that comes our way. This is the biggest investment for most of us, and I want this to be a great experience for you too! I’m not a transactional real estate agent, I’m a FULL - SERVICE RELATIONAL REALTOR®. I am here to help you and your family (including your family pets! ) through the entire process, well before it’s time to put your house on the market to sell or time to buy a new house, and well after we’ve close on your new perfect spot to call home. Sometimes we need to come up with a plan to save up for that dream house for a year or two or even work with my lenders to craft a credit repair or improvement plan so you qualify for a better loan option and rate. Often times, my buyers have to sell first, but they don’t want to put their house on the market before they find the perfect spot to call home and buy. So we have a vicious cycle of not enough homes (or the right homes) on the market when you need to buy. Don’t worry, this is where my networking skills really help you out. I keep a secret list of homes not on the market. And many times, you can tell me a specific neighborhood you want to live in, and I can FIND someone who might consider selling to you. I go the extra mile to make sure we find or sell your perfect spot to call home. I’m your life time real estate advisor! Many referred to me as the high energy Roswell Real Estate Expert. It's where I live, work and play!

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