Disadvantages of Selling Your Home Without a Santa Cruz Real Estate Agent

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

Is it really that difficult to sell your home by yourself?  It depends.  Do you like to market, negotiate and fill out legal documents?  If yes, you may prefer to sell your home without the help of a Santa Cruz real estate agent.

Before you make your decision, consider these three disadvantages of selling your home as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO):

1. You may under-price or over-price your home.  If you’ve overpriced your home, you won’t get many interested buyers.  When you drop the price of your home a few weeks later, you’ll have missed the “new on the market” window of opportunity that brings in a lot of potential buyers.  If you under-price your home, buyers will wonder what’s wrong with it, and if it sells, you’ll be leaving money on the table.

2. You have to pay to market and advertise your home.  When you sell your own house, you’ll spend money on marketing and advertising costs including for sale signs, online ads, print ads in newspapers and real estate magazines, as well as the cost to be included in the MLS.  When you hire a Santa Cruz real estate agent, they pay to market and advertise your home.

3. You are responsible for all the legal paperwork needed to sell your home.  This means you must know what paperwork is required by the state and how to fill it out correctly.  If you fail to do this properly, it can delay the sale or even leave you open for a lawsuit down the line if something is wrong or missing.

If you determine that listing your home as a FSBO is not right for you right now, hire a Santa Cruz real estate agent to sell your home for you.  Although you’ll have to pay commission, it will save you time and effort (and maybe even money) in the long run. 

If you’ve decided to hire a Santa Cruz real estate agent, I’d be honored to be interviewed for the job.  Please give me a call me at (831) 662-6522 or by email at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com to schedule an interview.

For more information, please visit my website at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.

About Lauren Spencer

Award-Winning Santa Cruz REALTOR®

Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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