Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Why You Should Not FSBO Your North Shore Home This Spring

If you've been thinking about selling your home on Chicago's North Shore, spring is the perfect time to do so! Many buyers, both first-time and seasoned, are beginning to enter the real estate market in search of their dream home, but are being met with less inventory than there has been in the past.

North Shore home sellers are in high demand, but you may be contemplating the best route to take— FSBO (For Sale by Owner) or work with a real estate agent? The perks of working with an experienced agent are numerous and if your motive for considering FSBO is simply to save money, you might like to think again!

Your agent will do the negotiating
Think of all of the parties involved in a North Shore home sale, from the buyer and their agent to the appraiser and inspection company. There are dozens of parties to negotiate with and if you choose to go the FSBO route, you will be responsible for this all on your own. Remember that your real estate agent has done this before and they know how to interact with the many different parties involved with the sale.

Your agent has a strategy
An experienced agent, especially Your North Shore Real Estate Expert, has a strategy for selling homes in Deerfield, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook and beyond. And since the majority of buyers start their home search online, it is no longer as easy as placing a sign in your front yard or an ad in the paper. Your real estate agent knows where the buyers are looking and how to catch their eye.

You will net more money with an agent
Studies have shown working with a real estate agent can help you sell your home for more money than if you choose to do so without. For instance, a house sold by a homeowner sells on average for $210,000, while the house sold by an agent sells for $249,000. In terms of securing the best deal, working with a real estate agent makes more financial sense.

If you are thinking about selling your home on the North Shore this year and have questions about how I can help you achieve a successful sale, do not hesitate to reach out! I am happy to help you move on to your next dream home in Deerfield, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook or the surrounding area.

Janie Bress
Your North Shore Real Estate Expert

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