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Is FSBO the Right Choice to Sell your House?

Updated: Apr 30, 2023


Person frustrated after trying to sell their house without Jen Bedard Real Estate

While it may be tempting to save money by selling your home yourself or working with a discount brokerage, hiring a full-time, full-service realtor like me can actually save you time and money in the long run. Here's why.


Selling a home is a complex process that involves many steps, including pricing your home accurately, marketing it effectively, negotiating with potential buyers, and navigating the legal aspects of the transaction. When you work with me, you can rely on my expertise to guide you through every step of the process and ensure that your sale is successful.


One of the biggest advantages of working with me is the marketing power that I bring to the table. As an experienced realtor, I know how to showcase your home in the best possible light and get it in front of the right audience. This includes paid targeted advertising on social media which has become an increasingly important part of the real estate marketing landscape. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, and YouTube allow me to target specific audiences based on demographics, interests, and other factors. I also list your property not only on the Niagara MLS but also on the Toronto MLS and internationally. From professional photography to virtual tours and high-end unique videos, I know how to make your home stand out from the competition and attract serious buyers. By advertising your home to a wider audience, you'll have a greater chance of finding the right buyer quickly and for the highest price.


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In addition, I am affiliated with McGarr Realty, a top real estate brokerage in Niagara with an excellent reputation and a local, national, and international network. This means that my listings receive extra exposure and a wider range of services to ensure that your home is marketed effectively. When you list your home with me, I can tap into my network of real estate professionals to find potential buyers who might not have found your home otherwise. This can be especially valuable if you're selling a high-end or luxury property that requires a specific type of buyer.


It's not just about marketing your home effectively - it's also about pricing it accurately and negotiating with potential buyers. I have a deep understanding of the Niagara region's real estate market, including local trends and conditions that can affect the sale of your home. I can help you price your home competitively based on the latest market data and make recommendations for improvements or repairs that can boost your home's value and appeal to potential buyers. I can also help you navigate the negotiation process and ensure that your interests are protected throughout the transaction. I understand the importance of staging and presentation when it comes to selling a home. When you work with me, I can provide recommendations for how to stage your home and make it as appealing as possible to potential buyers. This might include decluttering, repainting, or even bringing in professional staging furniture to create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere.


The many hats of a realtor

On top of all the benefits of marketing power and negotiation skills, working with a full-service realtor can also save you time and stress throughout the selling process. When you work with me, I handle all of the details, from scheduling showings to preparing contracts, so you can focus on other aspects of your life while your home is on the market. This can be especially valuable if you're selling your home while also juggling a job, family, or other commitments.


I am also committed to providing exceptional customer service to all of my clients. When you work with me, you'll receive personalized attention and guidance throughout the entire process, from the initial consultation to closing day. I am always available to answer questions, address concerns, and provide updates on the status of your sale.


When it comes to commission, many sellers are hesitant to work with a realtor because they don't want to pay a commission fee, but it's important to remember that realtors only get paid when a sale is completed, and the commission is split between the buying and selling brokerage. This means that we have a vested interest in making sure that your home sells for the highest possible price, as it directly affects our commission. And while commission fees may seem high, realtors work hard to earn our commission. You're paying for countless hours of behind-the-scenes work, my expertise, marketing power, and negotiation skills, all of which can help you sell your home faster and for more money than if you were to try to sell it yourself. Plus, with a full-service realtor, you'll have someone on your side who can handle all of the details of the transaction and ensure that everything goes smoothly.


If you're still on the fence about whether to work with a full-service realtor, it's worth considering the potential risks and drawbacks of trying to sell your home yourself. Selling a home is a complex and time-consuming process that requires knowledge, experience, and attention to detail. Without the guidance and support of a realtor, you may find yourself struggling to price your home accurately, network, market it effectively, and negotiate with potential buyers, especially if you're not familiar with the real estate industry. If you're thinking of trying to sell your home yourself, I have some tips that can help. However, I also recommend that you consider working with a realtor, as it can save you time, money, and stress in the long run. And if you do decide to work with a realtor after trying to sell your home yourself, please reach out to me for help.


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The decision to hire a full-time, full-service realtor is an important one. There are many complex steps involved in selling a home, and it can be overwhelming for someone who is not experienced in the process. By working with me, you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your sale will be in good hands. I take pride in offering my clients a personal touch and unfaltering dedication. Together, we'll simplify and streamline the selling process so you can get the results you desire. Whether you're ready to list your current home or simply considering your options, I'm here to answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision. Contact me today to book a free consultation!

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