Searching for a home on the internet is the #1 way of finding a home in 2018. Based on research taken by the National Association of Realtors in 2017, 95% of home buyers found their home online. Although the internet is the #1 way of finding a home, it's not the best way to purchase or sell a home.
Recently, one of my clients was going to use an online service to list their home because they did not have to make any repairs and it was "easy." I asked them for an opportunity to do a market analysis before they made a final decision. In the end, the sellers were so happy they said “YES!” Not only were they going to have to pay the online company 6.2% in fees to sell their home, but they were going to lose approximately $20,000. Oh yes, it was going to be super easy, but is easy worth $20,000? Absolutely not!!
A home is one of the largest investments most people will ever make. Therefore, it is extremely important to have an experienced agent with a sharp eye and negotiation skills on your side. Do not fall prey to online companies who charge high fees, let you walk in a home without an agent being present, and promise you a “hassle-free” experience. After all, this is a house- not a new gadget that you can easily return.
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