Television shows on Bravo and HGTV create a glamorous image of the process. Sorry to shatter the illusion, but as someone who has actually participated in "House Hunters," I can tell you those shows are more staged than a luxury home.
So do you still need an agent? Maybe now more than ever! Here's why:
One stop services represent themselves and not you! Paperwork in a sale is voluminous and it is easy to miss something when you are signing mountains of documents quickly explained during closing.
I tell my clients that my job is not to make their decisions for them, but to ensure they are empowered to make the best possible decisions for themselves. This is something they are unlikely to receive through one of the new online services.
Others prefer to sell a home on their own, presuming this will save them money. However, according to the National Association of REALTORS, For Sale By Owner homes (FSBOs) accounted for 7% of home sales in 2017. The typical FSBO home sold for $200,000 compared to $265,000 for agent-assisted home sales. Is it really worth nearly $50,000 out of your own pocket to avoid paying a commission? I think not!
A knowledgeable and reputable agent offers something these online services just can't - they are looking out for your best interest AND saving you money in the long run!
Call or text me at 512.363.2226 if you want to make more money as a seller, save more money as a buyer and are buying or selling in the Austin, Texas area in the near future. I've got your back!