Is Hiring An Agent in Fort Myers REALLY Worth It?

When contemplating the sale of their houses, many individuals instinctively search for a local agent as their first course of action. While agents can be invaluable in the selling process, it’s essential to recognize that it’s not the sole strategy to consider. With a bit of research, you can effectively sell your house independently, potentially saving both time and money. In our latest blog post, we delve into the typical costs associated with a traditional listing, empowering you to assess whether hiring an agent is the optimal choice for your circumstances.

The Pre-Listing Costs

Before you consider putting your home on the market, take a look at other homes on the MLS. Check out what people are asking for comparable properties and more importantly, look at what comparable properties are actually selling for. How does your house stack up? Will people opt for your house over the one next door? You will need to look t it from a buyers point of view. They will want to get the most for their money. This means you will likely have to make some repairs, touch-ups and even upgrades to the home in order to be competitive. Houses that sit on the market lose interest among buyers over time. If the property doesn’t sell, people will likely believe there is something wrong with it. You need to come out of the gate with a house that wows potential buyers and proves to be an excellent value for the money.

Agent Costs

Agents don’t work for free. Many agents work incredibly hard and deserve every penny you pay them. That said, be wary of those who don’t. While every agreement is different, when you commit to listing with an agent, you also commit to paying their commission which typically runs about 6% of the final sale price. You will own the agent this amount, even if you sell the property on your own to someone you know. In addition, some agents will charge you for administrative costs, listing fees, marketing, listing sites, photography, and more. Make sure you know exactly what’s included in your listing agreement as no two agents are the same.

At The Closing Table

Upon reaching the closing date, in addition to compensating your agent, you’ll be required to cover closing costs, typically estimated at around 2% of the final sale price. These costs encompass various expenses such as appraisal fees, taxes, deed recording, title search, credit checks, and more. However, when opting for a direct sale to Core Real Estate Properties, all these costs are conveniently covered for you, streamlining the process and providing a hassle-free transaction.

Time Is Of The Essence

When you list your house, you are in a sense, gambling. You aren’t offered any guarantees such as how much you will get or when the house will close by. This can make it difficult to plan ahead and move on with your life. In addition, you will have to continue paying the monthly costs for the home such as insurance, taxes and monthly utilities. An agent can list your house for any price they want, however, that doesn’t mean you will get it. With a direct sale to [comapny], you will be able to know the exact amount you will receive as well as the closing date before signing anything. We aim to make the process as clear and as simple as possible.

Do you want to sell a house in Fort Myers or the surrounding area? Before hiring a Fort Myers agent, give our office a call or send us a message! Find out how we can help you! 239-360-3176

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