Not that long ago a REALTOR® relied on the consumer to come to them for information.  That information was the exclusive domain of various real estate boards, organizations and the REALTOR®’s.  Today, as a consumer, looking to buy or sell a home, you have at your fingertips all the information I have as a real estate professional and yet, more people today, are using the service of REALTOR®,s than did in the past.  Here’s why.

 

Selling your home is a complex process that can be stressful and time-consuming. An experienced Realtor has the knowledge, skills, and connections to help you through the process every step of the way. Consider the following benefits of working with a: REALTOR®   

 

Professional Experience:

With knowledge and training in marketing strategy, negotiation tactics, and the workings of the current real estate market, a REALTOR® will be able to guide you through the steps of the home-selling process and be able to explain exactly what to expect. S/he will make you aware of your rights and responsibilities, work with you to strategize the best moves according to your own goals, discuss financing options, and point you in the direction of other specialized professionals who will aid you in different stages of the process.

Best Price:

 

A REALTOR® has their fingers on the pulse of the current real estate market, and will know what comparable properties in your area are selling for. They have the resources and knowledge to establish the best asking price and to attract the highest selling price. With access to their company’s professional marketing resources and connections, they will ensure potential buyers are immediately made aware of your home and market the property to sell as quickly as possible and for the most money.

“Showcasing” Experience:

 

Your REALTOR® will know the importance of a property’s first impression. S/he will have experienced first-hand, for example, the impact a property’s “drive-up appeal” has on the rest of a potential Buyer’s experience of your home. Your Realtor will be able to offer you tips and information on how to get your home in the best selling shape possible, in order to sell your property quickly and for top dollar.

Access to Qualified Buyers:

 

REALTOR®’s save time and effort by dealing only with qualified buyers. They have access to a pool of pre-screened and pre-qualified buyers who are serious about buying a home in your neighbourhood. Realtors work hard to develop this base of qualified buyers which will become an invaluable resource for you.

Negotiation Skills:

 

REALTOR®’s serve many functions, but perhaps the most important is their role as primary negotiator on your behalf. Your REALTOR® realizes your goal is to sell your home as quickly as possible, and for the most money possible, and will work closely with you during the negotiation process to facilitate this goal. REALTOR®’s bring to the process the knowledge

 

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So, you figure you’re ready to put your house on the market.  The inside staged and the street appeal is at its full potential.  Wait a minute, better check the garage.  Woops,  you have your last 5 sets of clubs, with all the most honest golfer and bowling trophies, a couple of old lawn mowers an old fridge  and  boxes of stuff from your kids that have long since moved away.  You haven’t got room to park even one of your cars in the double garage let alone give a potential buyer a feeling of spacious order.  Here are a few tips to get that space “ship shape”.

 

Tackle the clutter first. Take a weekend to go through everything in your garage and decide what to toss, donate and store.  You want to give the potential buyer an impression of space.

 

Get busy cleaning. Tackle the dust, dirt and grime.  Sweep the floors and check the walls.  There are usually old spider webs and spiders that you’ll want to get rid of.

 

Freshen up the space.  Fix up the walls of the garage, and make sure to fill in any holes.  Then you can spiff up the whole space if you like with a fresh coat of paint.  If you really want to go all out, you can add an epoxy floor coating.

 

It’s a good idea to store similar items near each other.  Sports gear in one area, gardening items in another. You can use hooks to hang odd-shaped items, such as rakes and hoes, on the walls

 

Make use of shelves. To organize any miscellaneous items you’re keeping in the garage and to show buyers how they might store their things.

 

In the end, you invest a weekend of time and a small money but the return on investment is well worth it.

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