Buying or selling a home can turn into a daunting task that can be scary and filled with uncertainty without a Real Estate Professional. For Sale by Owner (FSBO) sounds like a plausible option at first when taking in account the ease the internet brings the housing market, but there are many reasons that taking on the task by one’s self can be a lot harder than imagined.

What about that heap of paperwork?

Every state requires various procedures in order for a successful sale or mortgage approvals. Real Estate Professionals are experts in their field and can guide one through the piles of paperwork required. Buying and selling is a stressful process as it is, but the only thing to make the process more stressful is the heap of detailed paperwork to be done.

That “Now What?” Moment

Real Estate Professionals are dedicated to helping others sell or find the perfect home at a suitable cost. They have experience to turn dreams into reality when it comes to the house one desires. When buying or selling without a Real Estate Professional, one is more likely to wonder, what’s next? An experienced professional will be there for guidance and advice every step of the way.

Are you ready to negotiate…a lot?

In your opinion, you might be the best negotiator you know, when it comes to scalping tickets outside Wrigley Field or making a deal on Craigslist. The housing market is an entirely different field. It takes a Real Estate Professional to properly negotiate prices. FSBOs must be prepared to negotiate for more than just the price of their home. They must take in account the cost of the inspectors, appraisers, attorneys, agents, and more. A Real Estate Professional is in his or her client’s favor, so they are looking for the best deal possible.

Do you know your home’s true value?

Someone looking to buy isn’t going to consider your home if it is outrageously priced. Knowing your home’s value can be tricky to figure out, especially when the owner himself may have an emotional connection with it that might make him price it higher. It is very important to have an appropriate listing price from the start to shorten the time it takes for the home to sell. One with no knowledge for a home’s price might end up losing money. The National Association of Realtors states, “the typical FSBO home sold for $184,000 compared to $230,000 among agent-assisted home sales.” Get the most out of your home’s worth and hire a professional to make sure that happens.

There is So Much Going On

The housing market is very complex. There is so much information regarding, for example, current market trends, mortgage rates, and home sales that only an insider to the industry knows the scoop on. Real Estate Professionals know how to competitively price homes, act at precise times, and navigate the buying and selling process as efficiently as possible. This experience will be most educated with a professional to guide you through it. A Real Estate Professional will be there to provide you inside information and guarantee that the most comes from one’s transaction.

Consider This

Buying and selling your home is one of the most important and costly financial investments you will make in your life. Don’t go through this process uneducated, undecided, or alone; hire a Real Estate Professional today.

This content is not the product of the National Association of REALTORS®, and may not reflect NAR's viewpoint or position on these topics and NAR does not verify the accuracy of the content.