Why Do I Need a Listing Agent Anyway?
Does Having a Realtor Even Make a Difference When Selling Your Home?
Selling a home is a complex process. Even if you have been through real estate transactions as a buyer, having the best representation makes a huge difference. Many of you probably have worked with Realtors before, and some of you may have had experiences that leave you wondering if hiring one again is even worth it. Hart Real Estate Solutions offers a close-knit team of experienced professionals that strive to give you the best experience possible. When selling your home, you need a Listing Agent that will put your interests first, navigate a difficult contractual landscape, and ultimately negotiate on your behalf in order to meet or exceed your chosen asking price in the shortest possible time frame. Hiring the right Listing Agent makes all the difference, and here’s why:
1. Experienced Negotiators
Selling a home is much different process than buying one, and this is why hiring a Realtor specializing in listings is of paramount importance. The best Listing Agents are trustworthy representatives, fantastic communicators, and, above all, experienced negotiators. To give you an example on what you want to look for when choosing a Listing Agent, let’s take a look at our Lead Listing Agent, Lori Hart. Lori is an experienced Listing Specialist with a keen eye for detail. Formerly an attorney that specialized in Estate Planning, Lori navigates contracts with surgical precision. Combine this with her passion for service, excellent communication skills, and the utmost professionalism, and you find yourself a guide that offers all of her clients an exceptional home selling experience.
2. Interest Advocates
The best Listing Agents are also the best advocates. When hiring a Listing Agent, trust is second to none. If you can place your trust in a Listing Agent, you can rest assured that they have your best interests in mind; you can also have the confidence that you are being represented honestly and transparently throughout the home selling process.
3. Peace of Mind
If you a first time seller with no experience in Real Estate, you probably have an idea in your mind about just how difficult/complex a transaction can be. Let me be the first to tell you, you’re most likely grossly mistaken. Real Estate transactions involve a plethora of moving parts. This includes detailed contractual documentation that can be quite confusing even to the most intelligent of folks. When you hire an experienced Listing Agent, they are able to walk you through each step of every document while simultaneously explaining your rights, responsibilities, and liabilities along the way. Lori’s experience with contract navigation provides her clients with the peace of mind that every seller hopes for.
4. Specific Market Data & Information
Something that many people don’t know before entering into their first real estate transaction is that Montana is a non-disclosure state. This means that only Realtors and Appraisers have access to the MLS, which provides specific market data and statistics. You’re probably familiar with the large real estate websites like Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia. Though these sites can offer you data trends, not specific or real-time data analytics. Quite possibly one of the most valuable things that a Listing Agent offers is known as a Comparative Market Analysis, or CMA. This comprehensive report offers sellers detailed statistics on their home, neighborhood, comparable homes, and more, allowing for a fact-based price recommendation that will allow you to enter the market exactly where you want to be.
5. More Potential Buyers = More Demand = Top Dollar Sale!
In addition to specific market data and information, utilizing the MLS will also get your home in front of more buyers. More buyers means more demand, and this directly correlates to a higher sale price in almost every case. Furthermore, if using the Hart Team, your home will be featured on over 100 Internet Feeds, a Custom Landing Page on our website, as well as Facebook, Facebook Marketplace, Instagram, Craigslist, Youtube, and more!
6. Home Optimization
Optimizing your home means maximizing your home’s appeal, and in turn your home’s value. Utilizing professional staging recommendations, photography and videography, and compelling descriptions, your listing will truly stand out in a sea of sameness.
7. “Why Do I Need a Listing Agent?”
No matter the general market trends, physical location, or price point, having a competent Listing Agent can be the singular difference between a stress-free sale and a nightmare of legal liability. The home selling process is a complex one, and there are many pitfalls for those not familiar with contractual documentation. Having a trustworthy expert in your corner is vital when preparing your home for market, and even more important when finally bringing it to market. If you have any questions regarding selling your home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Lori Hart. Her contact information is below.
“. . . Lori is exceptional! She didn’t hesitate sharing her opinions (after listening to us first) as she guided us through negotiations. The highest compliment was made by my husband in the middle of the negotiation: “Lori is the first realtor we have worked with who is worth the commission. I don’t mind paying it.” We had sold four houses before this transaction and weren’t novices in dealing with realtors. My husband’s comment is a testament to Lori’s professionalism, knowledge/experience, counsel and hard work!”– Alexa L. View More Testimonials Like This One