If you own Tampa Bay Florida real estate, Pinellas County real estate, or Clearwater property and are looking to list your home for sale, you have a thousand questions to ask yourself. The first question to ask yourself is whether you need to use a real estate agent or can sell your home on your own.

Unless you have experience selling homes, or have sold your own home before and know what you’re getting into, you should hire a professional real estate agent. The business of selling houses is quite complex, there is a lot of legal paperwork to fill out, a lot of questions and answers that, if answered incorrectly, can cost you thousands of dollars, which is much more money than you would have ‘spent’ on a real estate agent.

Your Clearwater property is worth something to you, it’s not just a home, it’s an investment. No matter how long you have owned your Tampa Bay real estate, Pinellas County real estate, or your Clearwater property, it has increased in value and has become an investment you want to protect. If you try to sell your property yourself, you could lose your investment and cost you more money than you will earn from the sale.

Real estate agents are licensed professionals who know how to sell property. They are skilled and know the ins and outs of all the intricacies that revolve around property sales, from initial advertising to closing the deal.

Picture this: You decide to sell your house yourself, and you list it in the newspaper. ‘Interested people’ start calling you at all hours of the day and night to say that they would like to come and see your house. You wait all day and finally someone, looking a bit suspicious, shows up at your door and you ceremoniously lead them through your house, pointing out all the great features to make them want to buy your house. Meanwhile, this shady character is looking at where you keep all your valuables and finds the entry points into your house that will be easier for him when you’re not home. That sounds fun, right?

If you already have your home listed as ‘For Sale By Owner’, take a look at your history thus far. Has anyone come to see your house, or someone who was interested in your house? Real estate agents are trained professionals, they know how to gather potential buyers to sell your home, especially your Tampa Bay real estate, Pinellas County real estate, or Clearwater property.

I know what you’re thinking: how hard is it to sell my own home? You are thinking that no one knows your home better than you. After all, you are the one who has lived there for so many years and you know exactly where all the good stuff is and where all the “bad” stuff is. A real estate agent who has spent years buying and selling houses can probably help you sell yours faster and cheaper than he can on his own.

Realtors have access to listings that you cannot. A professional real estate agent can list your Tampa Florida real estate, Pinellas County real estate or Clearwater property nationwide with one or two faxes or the click of a computer button. They are the ones who know where to best market your home so it sells quickly and at a fair price. Your real estate agent will work for you, to get you the best price for your property. The minor commission fees they charge will be small compared to the charges you’ll incur trying to sell your home on your own.

Let’s not forget that time is money. It’s better to sell your property in a week or two with a real estate agent than in five months on your own, right? Absolutely!

Find a real estate agent who can take the ‘for sale by owner’ nightmare off your back and turn selling your property into the dream you deserve.

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