Buying your first house is stressful, but selling your first house is downright nerve-wracking. It feels like being the last kid picked on the playground. It's easy to hang on every showing, over-analyze all the agent feedback, and neurotically check your online pictures on a daily basis. You need a great real estate agent on your team to help you get it together and get your house sold. Here is more information about your options.
What is a home selling Realtor called?
When you bought your house, you worked with a buyer's agent, a licensed real estate professional who works exclusively with buyers. When you sell your house, you need the same experience and exclusivity. You need a listing agent. A listing agent is a Realtor who works exclusivity for the seller's best interests and, this time around, that's you.
Why is Realtor capitalized?
A Realtor is a real estate professional that is licensed through their state of residence and is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). In fact, the word "Realtor" is a copyrighted word, owned by NAR. You can't use it unless you have the training and are a member of NAR.
What type of licensing does a real estate agent have?
Realtors can take courses to earn many types of designations and credentials through NAR. When you are selling your home, look for an agent with the CRS (certified residential specialist) or SRS (seller representative specialist) designation. They will have the knowledge and experience you need on your team to get your house sold.
Is it better to sell your house with a Realtor?
Just as you would never walk into a courtroom without a lawyer or into an operating room without a surgeon, you should never try to sell a house without a licensed, experienced Realtor. Most people won't be surprised to learn that over 80% of homes are sold with the help of a licensed agent. In fact, using an agent is a wise choice if you are concerned with how much money you walk away with for the purchase of your next house because, according to extensive studies by NAR, selling your house without an agent will actually net you less money.
Selling your first house is just as stressful as buying your first house. Hiring a home selling Realtor to work with you is the first step towards a successful sale.