Why should you use a Realtor?

blogWhen a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to actually get the home sold.
In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process. For the past three years, 92% of all buyers have used the internet in their home search according to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers.
However, the report also revealed that 95% percent of buyers that used the internet when searching for a home purchased their home through either a real estate agent/broker or from a builder or builder’s agent. Only 2% purchased their home directly from a seller whom the buyer didn’t know.
Buyers search for a home online, but then depend on an agent to find the actual home they will buy (53%), or to negotiate the terms of the sale & price (48%), or to help understand the process (60%).
The plethora of information now available has resulted in an increase in the percentage of buyers that reach out to real estate professionals to “connect the dots”. This is obvious, as the percentage of overall buyers who used an agent to buy their home has steadily increased from 69% in 2001.
Bottom Line
If you are thinking of selling your home, don’t underestimate the role a real estate professional can play in the process.


  1. Gary says:

    Good for you Ellie. Remember that Realtors want to compete for your business, so it’s a good idea to interview several. If you decide to go this route, call a couple of different companies and ask them to give you a CMA (comparative market analysis) of your home. This will give you an idea as to the value of your property in relation to the market. Ask each one how they would prepare your home for sale and how they would market it.
    You should end up with 3 or 4 different reports you can look over and then call the agents to interview in person. This is helpful to get the “feeling” of their personalities so you can work with someone you get along with. Good luck!

  2. Ellie Davis says:

    I had no idea that so many buyers ended up using the help of a realtor. I was really young when my parents bought their house, and I’ve never bought one myself. I’m selling my parents’ house right now, though, because they moved to a smaller place and gave the house to me and my brother, and we both live in other states. I definitely think I’ll have to look into getting professional help selling this house.