Thinking Of Selling Your Seattle Area House Yourself Or Going With A Limited Service Agent? Compare Your Selling Options First.
Even in a seller’s market like Seattle, it’s smart to compare your options and see what will actually help you best reach your goals with the sale of your Seattle house. It’s important to know your options when selling a house.
Don’t spend your valuable time doing online searches such as “Realestate agents Seattle” “Best real estate agents Seattle” or “Top real estate agents Seattle” and scouring through the endless results that pop up, only to maybe find a representative with your best interests in mind. Let us provide some guidance…
Dive into this helpful diagram below, learn and compare the differences when you hire Brenner|Hill Real Estate, sell by yourself, or utilize a cut-rate limited service agent.
|For Sale By Owner||Cut-Rate Agents|
|Time To Sell:||Lower average days on market (under 50).||Studies show selling yourself adds on average 20+ days to the time to sell the house.**||Depends on how comprehensive the service is to help market and negotiate the home.|
|Typical Sales Price:||Houses sell for 13% higher prices* when working w/ a broker vs. FSBO.||13% less* than an experienced agent is able to negotiate.||Depends if they offer full negotiation services or not.|
|Marketing Costs:||$0 – We pay for all marketing and do all of the marketing work.||$500 – $2,000+ in ads, yard sign, and more.||$500 – $2,000+ in ads, yard sign, and more.|
|Types Of Marketing Included:||MLS listing, professional yard sign, our team of buyers agents, featured online listings, open house if necessary, and more!||None. You’ll need to purchase all of your marketing separately.||MLS, other marketing usually costs extra.|
|Time Commitment From You:||Very little. We want this to be as hassle-free as possible for you so you can enjoy the process.||3-5+ hours per week including showing the house, open houses, marketing, putting out signs, etc.||3-5+ hours per week including showing the house, open houses, marketing, putting out signs, etc.|
|Fees / Commissions:||Competitive commission structure. But we save you time, headache, and stats show we can help you sell for a higher price vs. FSBO.||$100-$1,000 for materials and FSBO website listings.||Flat fee or reduced commission, but also a reduction in services and assistance.|
|Legal / Contract / Advice:||100% included. We handle all of the contracts, documents, setting up escrow and closing, and more! We worry about the details so you can relax.||You are responsible for all contracts, escrow, and legal details to ensure the closing happens correctly and legally.||Not always included, when it is, it may be limited. Ask the agent what they include and will not include.|
At the end of the day, we always advise our clients to put a value to your time and energy that it will take to sell a local Seattle, WA house yourself. If it takes you 30 hours of your time (at minimum), and you value your time, that alone is thousands of dollars in real value, not to mention the lost time. Compare that estimation to the research showing how a full-service agent who is experienced in local Seattle real estate can help sell your house on average 20 days faster and for 13% more, and that’s why 89% of home sellers work with a local real estate broker like Brenner|Hill Real Estate to help sell their home.
We place your goals as our utmost priority in the home buying and selling process, streamlining it so that you can continue to live your life free of hassle! We make sure to consistently deliver outstanding results, like saving our buyer-clients thousands of dollars and loads of stress and getting our seller-clients’ homes sold quickly at the highest price possible.
Brenner|Hill Real Estate specializes in buying and selling luxury homes, as we are a proud member of the Windemere Premier – Luxury Program. Our wheelhouse also includes helping families, seniors, and empty-nesters looking to downsize and wish to find homes for sale in some of Seattle‘s most sought-after locations. Furthermore, as designated Senior Real Estate Specialists, Brenner|Hill Real Estate will take care of our senior clients and make sure they’re getting the best deal possible when they sell or buy a house or property in Seattle, WA.
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Less Hassle, More In Your Pocket, Peace Of Mind…
When selling your Seattle WA house, make your decision on what’s right for you based on these 3 important factors.
- The true costs: People often look at the commissions for an agent as a necessary evil to sell your home; but, when you partner with the right Seattle real estate agent, that agent is the expert in your corner to protect your best interests. If a property takes longer to sell, a buyer backs out, you misstep because of a mistake in the contract that could cost you money, paying buyers agent commissions… all of those things add up to the true cost of selling your house.
- Your time commitment: Do you want to be (and have the time to be) heavily involved in all aspects of selling the house? From marketing to taking calls from buyers, putting signs outside to showing the house, doing your own open house to setting up escrow, and more? All so you can save 2 or 3% on the sale? Just calculate and compare what your time and energy are worth and where you should best focus your time. If you’d rather not hassle with the details of your house sale, work with Brenner|Hill Real Estate, a trusted local agent who holds your interests paramount.
- The “experience factor”: There are hangups that can throw your closing off or cost you thousands. We help you avoid those and we deal with them for you.
Ready To Get The Process Started With Brenner|Hill Real Estate? Give Us A Call At 206-271-7100 Or Get A FREE Home Valuation Report!
* 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, National Association of REALTORS®)
** Both the Northwestern and the Stanford studies mentioned in the Money section confirm just that: “The use of a broker does lead to an accelerated sale. In that respect, brokers appear to add value,” the Stanford researchers declared. The Northwestern study found that it takes on average 20 days longer to sell a house on a FSBO site versus the MLS or an agent.