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So you think you want to sell 'For Sale By Owner'? Read this first

Buying and/or selling a home can be quite the process. There are a lot of rules, regulations, and processes that you need to follow and unless you have first-hand experience in these areas – it can be a bit overwhelming and maybe downright confusing. So if you are considering "For Sale By Owner" read on.

Here are my top reasons why you should seriously consider having a Realtor on your team when you are embarking on the home buying/selling journey.

So much paperwork!! The State of Iowa has regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations tend to change and update from year to year. A Realtor will be up-to-date on all of the requirements and can guide you through all the paperwork necessary to make sure your transaction is as smooth as possible.

Easier to find and get that dream home. If you are looking to buy a home and aren’t working with a Realtor – sometimes it isn’t the easiest to get in and view the home. Agents have easier access to the listing agents, scheduling viewing and helping you get a quick offer in if the market is moving quick!!

Great negotiating skills. From selling agents, contractors and lenders – there are a lot of people to answer to during the process of buying or selling a home. And some of this communication is negotiating the best deal so you can reach your goal of selling or buying for the best value. This is so much easier with an experienced professional who has been down this road before!

Getting the best value for your home! When you are selling your home it is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to minimize the amount of time spent on the market. Realtors are experienced in knowing the market and neighborhoods to make sure your home isn’t sitting there priced too high or too low. There are a lot of variables that go in to pricing a home correctly and having access to the tools Realtors have, is key to making that assessment.

Getting all those questions answered by one expert. There is a lot of information on the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates and everyone seems to say something a little bit different. How are you supposed to know who to listen to and which bit of advice to follow? A Realtor will be a single voice and good realtor will be focused on educating you with the best information at hand. This will ease your mind and make the process so much more enjoyable.

Bottom line is, sure you can buy and sell a home on your own but it is going to be a lot of hard work and possibly stress. Do yourself a favor and create a dream team with a recommended Realtor to help navigate you through the process. You will thank yourself in the end.

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