Do You Need a Real Estate Agent?

3 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Didn’t FSBO!

FSBO SignEver since the DIY fad took off, amateurs everywhere have attempted almost anything all on their own. It isn’t shocking that a few homeowners are wondering, “Do I really need a real estate agent to help sell my home when I can try to sell it myself?”

Sadly, you will see many DIY fails on projects that are way less complex than selling a home. While it may seem amusing when a soufflé falls you won’t be much laughter when FSBO errors cost you thousands of dollars and months of time.

Selling your home is your real estate agent’s job! Attempting to sell your home by yourself is difficult when you’ve got your own job.

Are you equipped to answer all phone calls and questions from buyers? Can you always arrange showings and keep your home pristine? Are you knowledgeable enough to evaluate offers, make counter offers, and negotiate all on your own behalf? Can you do all the above while keeping up with the demands of your regular work day?

The must do list of an FSBO seller is demanding and endless. Fortunately, a real estate agent’s regular work day consists of taking care of that list for you. While you’re tied up with work and prepping to move, your agent is busy working to coordinate with buyer’s agents and negotiating the best offer for your home.

Knowledgeable real estate agents devote countless hours to marketing, networking, and actively selling their listings. A frequent misunderstanding is thinking that a real estate agent just puts up a for sale sign and everything is done. FSBO sellers don’t understand that you’ve got to get prepare the home, market it, and much more.

Successful real estate agents will financially invest in marketing your home and will make sure that your home shows marvelously. They do this by paying for various things such as professional photography and quality staging. The amount of time and work it requires to sell a home FSBO is exactly why not many even try.

Now, let’s get down to the basics as to why utilizing a real estate agent is the logical choice.

#1 – A real estate agent is essential for prepping your house for sale.

RE AgentYou might take a glance at your home and feel that it’s in outstanding condition, but homes that are sold as-is will receive as-is offers, despite how excellent their condition is.

Real estate agents know that making modest investments in home improvements can increase the value of your home by 35%. Regrettably, some FSBO sellers will invest funds on upgrades that will not increase the home’s value enough to cover the money they have spent on those upgrades.

Just like each home is unique, so is each real estate market. Even if all the research you have accomplished is telling you that certain upgrades are guaranteed to increase your home’s value, that may not be true for your area.

A knowledgeable, experienced, and local real estate agent that has plenty of active listings will know what improvements or upgrades are going to be worth your investment to help your home sell.

#2 – A real estate agent will help you set the right listing price.

Listing PriceExperienced real estate agents know that listing a home at the right price is one of their most important tasks. If the price is set too high buyers will not come look at the home, which obviously means they won’t make any offers. If you lower the price too soon or too often, buyers and their agents will assume there may be something wrong with the home and only submit lowball offers, or no offers at all.

Regrettably, some FSBO sellers still believe that they will know how to price their home without assistance. Some sellers feel that they know the value of their home, but most often an FSBO home is priced incorrectly and as a result they get an even lower offer when it finally does sell.

Your real estate agent will examine numerous details to find your correct listing price, for example: regional and local market trends, nearby comps, days on market, upgrades, plus seller concessions (closing costs, home warranties, credits for repairs, etc.).

#3 – A real estate agent is your go-between.

FSBO sellers frequently feel hopeful enough to make improvements and listing price decisions without a real estate agent’s support. They often mistakenly think that pricing and prepping are the roughest part. Then they may pay a listing service to put their home on the MLS, believing that’s all they need to do to get their home sold.

ContractBut there are numerous more things that need to occur. Without a real estate agent, you won’t have anyone to advise you through the process. When you list your home with a real estate agent, they will be your go-between through the entire home sale process.

Your real estate agent will negotiate the sale and renegotiate after the inspection and appraisal occur. They will be working to find concessions that won’t cut into your bottom line.

Having a real estate agent to be your go-between isn’t just essential during the closing process, but you will need that buffer as soon as your home is listed. If you don’t have a real estate agent, then you won’t have anyone to arrange showings or even put a lockbox on your home. Rather, you will have to be present at every showing and you’ll won’t have any way to evaluate those buyers.

Are you as an FSBO seller willing to just open your home and let anyone who calls you walk through? That is one of the many reasons why you need a real estate agent. They provide privacy, protection, and facilitation of the transaction for a stress-free closing.

Buyer’s agents realize that FSBO sellers are emotionally involved in the selling process. When a FSBO seller plays hardball during the negotiation process, they may be labeled as a difficult seller who is not willing to be flexible and thus end up walking away from the deal.

When you list with a real estate agent, you will have them as a buffer between you and the buyer and you can prevent any emotional negotiation disagreements.

Are you still wanting to DIY with being a FSBO seller? Now at least you are aware the risks. But the bottom line is if you desire a uneventful sale that will bring you the best profit then you definitely need to hire a local and knowledgeable real estate agent.

Turn-key, Waterfront Custom Home in La Conner

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15646 SneeOosh Rd. in La Conner (MLS 1144459) is a custom built dream home built with only the finest materials, from the Australian Cypress Floors to the amazing staircase!

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Enjoy a stroll on the beach or launch your boat to crab and fish in your back yard! The master suite is spectacular with guest suites for luxury entertaining and the open floor plan allows a panoramic view from every room.

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Set on just shy of one acre, the lot provides privacy and serenity! Additional features include a partial fence, sprinkler system, disabled access, athletic court, jetted tub, security system and more!

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Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today for additional information or to view this gorgeous property at (360) 941-3734 or (360) 899-5027, at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or stop by our Old Town Anacortes office at 809 7th St.  We look forward to working for you!

Should You Hire a Broker, or For-Sale-By-Owner?

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Selling a home is not a simple as sticking a sign in the yard and placing an ad on Craigslist. Many For Sale by Owner (FSBO) sellers don’t realize the amount of work, expertise and time it takes to sell a home. More often than not, FSBO sellers eventually turn to a real estate agent to sell their home.

Statistically, home owners who hire a real estate agent net more money for their home than they do when selling the home themselves.

When selling your own home, you are responsible for all the marketing costs for flyers, signs, online listings and other potentially unforeseen expenses. These costs can add up to hundreds of dollars depending on how much marketing you are willing to do.

Sellers often forget that selling their own home is time consuming – and as the saying goes, “time is money.” Selling your own home requires long hours of research and marketing efforts, not to mention hiring a professional to write a contract for you to avoid any liability.

Although it is possible, in our experience, sellers who want to save the sales commission rarely do so. Most home buyers use a real estate agent. The few who don’t are bargain hunter buyers seeking FSBO homes, expecting to save money. Buying for less is their main goal and this is typically reflected in low offers.

Opportunistic speculators and investors usually offer less for a FSBO home. Without an agent to represent the owner’s interests, sellers may end up accepting an offer below the value of their home.

Real estate professionals are knowledgeable about the local market and know the highest price a home is likely to bring. A real estate professional can advise the seller on the right price for their home to get the most money.

A real estate agent has experience, expertise and a large network of personal and professional contacts with other agents with the local area and beyond. Client, agent and agency relationships will boost the marketing of your home and expose it to the largest number of potential buyers.

In contract negotiations, a real estate agent not only is trained to negotiate with your best interest in mind, but is also in a better position than an emotionally involved seller. The result will be a more profitable contract for the seller.

Showing and marketing a home is a full time job and many FSBO sellers just don’t have the time. Are you really ready to put your life on hold for showings at all hours? Do you even know if the person interested is a “real” buyer? More importantly, will you be comfortable with showing your home to anyone who knocks on your door? If you answer “no,” you might want to reconsider selling your home without an agent. It will not only be time consuming and stressful but it can also lead to a potential dangerous situation.

Feel free to contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC. for a complimentary, no obligation, real estate market analysis of your home. We are the #1 seller of pre-owned properties in Skagit County and know the importance of getting you top dollar for your home!

We are available daily at (360) 941-3734 or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

The Benefits of Staging a Home For Sale

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As real estate brokers with home staging certifications, we see firsthand the effect a well-staged home can have on the mind of a home buyer. If you are thinking about selling your home, we offer complimentary home staging services that might just make you fall in love with your home all over again!

Home Sellers Are Biased
• Staging one’s own home is like asking them to be objective about their children. Unless you have truly hated your home since you bought it, it will be difficult for you to let go of your own decorating style and the emotions that have been cultivated since living there.

You Will Learn!
• Have you ever looked at a home magazine or watched the DIY Network only to fantasize about being able to decorate the way they do? Now you can learn! Stagers work with you to properly display items in your home to bring out the best features possible. It might give you the chance to learn how you want to decorate your next space!

First Impressions Must Be the Best
• Buyers will only get one first impression of your home- make it the best! You get a good feeling when you walk into a home that has been properly staged. It isn’t fake, it isn’t dirty, and it allows potential buyers to develop their own sense of comfort and connection to the home.

Look Better than Other Homes
• When a home isn’t properly staged, buyers are only driven further from your listing and closer to your competition. Keep your buyers connected with your property!

Appears Move-In Ready
• Proper, neutral home décor allows buyers to visualize living there. They will imagine their own possessions in each room, and how their family will fit into the space. It will also lessen the impact of any maintenance issues that may arise during inspection, as they are already pleased with the home’s overall aesthetics.

Looks Well-Maintained
• Again, issues have the potential to arise in almost any inspection, and a home that appears to be well-maintained from the outside will help the buyer feel more comfortable with any “internal” work that may need to be done, rather than focusing on changing things like countertops or radical paint jobs.

Looks Better in Photos
• These days, homes are typically first viewed on the internet. Well-done staging allows for better quality photos and allows a potential buyer to fall in love with the home before viewing it in person.

It’s Free!
• We offer free staging services from a certified professional to all who sign with us. Our staging professional is experienced in making a home comfortable for anyone who views it.

For more helpful staging tips or information on selling your home, reach out to us today and be sure to check out our page that explains the staging process.

Shoreview lots

Come build your dream home in Shore View Estates: beautiful lots with amazing views of Skagit Bay, Whidbey Island, and the Olympics. Lot 1 Shorewood Heights Lane .84 acres – $159,000 Lot 2 Shorewood Heights Lane You will love the peace and quiet in this remarkable setting and easy to build on lot. This is fee simple with water, power, and sewer in the street.  The sunsets are breathtaking! Close to the historic town of La Conner, WA known for art galleries, great restaurants, and old town historic charm.

Beautiful La Conner View Home

16735 Chilberg Avenue  La Conner
$424,500

Enjoy stunning sunsets over Skagit Bay & the Islands on one of your decks from this remodeled move-in ready 4 bedroom home!

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Minutes to historic La Conner & Shelter Bay & a half hour to Everett, this exceptional .39± acre oasis has lots of garden space, sport court, garden shed & and beautiful trees. A like-new home with bamboo floors, radiant heat, new kitchen/baths, luxurious carpet & 2676± sf open floor plan for flexible living with the latest in design features. Oversized garages have lots of room for shops.

For more information on La Conner real estate or homes/lots for sale in La Conner, please visit LaConnerLiving.com, or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Shelter Bay Custom Home

Welcome to 879 Shoshone Drive, La Conner

Enjoy luxurious living in this magnificent Shelter Bay custom home with every detail carefully thought out and executed to perfection

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Sophisticated architecture brilliantly captures light & creates grand spaces for entertaining as well as intimacy for those quiet evenings at home. The excellent 50’± dock was offset to allow an unobstructed expansive view. The sumptuous master bath rivals the most elegant spa, and the 1000’± of garage space easily accommodates 4 cars. Just viewing this 2,767’± home is a treat! $649,000

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Driving Directions:  From Anacortes, Hwy 20 East, Turn right onto Reservation Road, Continue onto Pioneer Parkway, Turn right onto Shelter Bay Drive, Turn left on Shoshone Drive.


If you are interested in this property, and would like more information on other homes for sale in Skagit County, contact Jean Groesbeck (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Open House in Shelter Bay !

Open House in Shelter Bay!
Saturday, October 22nd 12-3 p.m.

Welcome to 802 Shoshone Drive, La Conner!

 

Enjoy the most spectacular view in Shelter Bay! This immaculate/remodeled one level home has an expansive view of the yacht traffic coming in and out of the marina and Channel, and also of The Rainbow Bridge. New carpets, freshly painted in and out, sink, countertops, refrigerator, 6 burner stove, 2 ovens, warming drawer, and refinished hardwood floor. Hot tub with new cover, fenced yard, – MOVE IN READY! Shelter Bay has par 3 golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, private beach & marina!

Driving Directions: From Anacortes take Highway 20 East, turn right on Reservation Road, Continue onto Pioneer Parkway, Turn right onto Shelter Bay Drive, turn left on Shoshone Drive and the home will be on the left!

For more information on this property please call Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@ColdwellBanker.com

Top 4 Questions Home Buyers Have About the Tax Credit

March 29, 2010—As the April 15 deadline to file 2009 federal tax returns approaches, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is providing answers to some of the questions home buyers are most frequently asking about the home buyer tax credit.

“NAHB’s website that provides information about the home buyer tax credit, www.FederalHousingTaxCredit.com, has received more than 8 million visits,” said NAHB Chairman Bob Jones, a builder and developer in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. [Read more…]