Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties Real Estate. Tips for home buyers, home sellers by Gita Bantwal,Realtor at Re/Max Centre Realtors.: 7 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

7 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

7 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

The expense of hiring an agent to list your home for sale is always a hot topic. For sale by owner home sales remain an extremely low percentage of the total home sales – only 8% in 2016 but, what makes hiring a real estate agent a better idea than listing your home yourself? We’re giving you 7 reasons just to give you a sample of why you shouldn’t go the FSBO route.


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Pricing – it is important your home be priced correctly from the start to bring in the right buyers and in turn have your home on the market for the shortest time possible. An agent will give you the current market trends and comparable sales in order to provide you with a recommended list price. Remember, the market prices your home – not you and not the agent.


Experienced Home Staging – when listing your home for sale it needs to be presented in the very best condition it possibly can. Staged homes sell on average for 8-10% more than homes that aren’t staged and spend 73% less time on the market. Your agent can provide you with a knowledgeable stager that they already have a relationship with to help you stage your home or to do all the staging for you.


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Exposure – putting a sign in the yard won’t sell a house. It takes exposure and more exposure in the form of marketing and connections with a pre-existing database. When you team up with a Realtor® not only will you receive maximum exposure you also won’t have strangers entering your home. Anyone who tours your home will be accompanied by an agent, whether it’s yours or the agent representing a potential buyer.


Lower Days On Market – the goal when selling your home is always the highest price in the shortest time possible. In order to accomplish that goal it takes proper planning an execution. Remember above when we went over pricing, staging, and exposure – all of these factor into lower days on the market and are something your agent will handle for you. You don’t want to be that stale listing that’s been sitting on the market for months.


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Higher Sale To List Price Ratio- statistics show that homes represented by a Realtor® had an average sale price of $245,000 while FSBO’s had an average sale price of $185,000. When you hire the right agent to represent you it not only saves you time and worry it also increases your bottom line. This also goes back to proper pricing, if your home is priced correctly from the start your sale to list price ratio is going to be higher than if you start too high and have to lower it.


Expert Negotiation- an experienced agent negotiates for a living. Negotiation isn’t something you can get good at overnight. It takes practice and is a true skill set. Hiring an agent to negotiate on your behalf will result in someone looking at every angle of the transaction on your behalf – it’s not just about price. It’s also about contingencies, closing timeframe, and the little details.


Shorter Closing Timeframe- this goes back to exposure, proper pricing, and staging. When you work with an agent you’re hiring a professional to represent you. They buy and sell homes for a living and like anything else are going to be better at it than someone who doesn’t do it day in and day out. With maximum exposure, proper pricing, and attractive staging you’re setting yourself up for your home to sell faster than a house that doesn’t show well and/or is priced incorrectly.





With all that said, like everything else not all real estate agents are created equal. Do your research before you commit to an agent. Get referrals from friends, family, or co-workers, read online reviews about the agent(s) you interview, and work with someone you trust. Selling your home is a big decision and very likely one that revolves around your largest investment. It takes years of experience to become a local expert who knows the ins and outs of every detail of the transaction and that’s exactly who you want to team up with. 


7 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent


Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group





Amanda Davidson

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

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Licensed in VA and DC

6485 Old Beulah Street
Alexandria, VA 22315

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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site


She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email


 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.



Comment balloon 8 commentsGita Bantwal • September 19 2018 11:21AM


Gita, great choice for a reblog, and excellent advice from Amanda!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 9 months ago

Some people very good points that buyers and sellers need to take into account

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 9 months ago

Joan, thank you for reading

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 9 months ago

William, I agree.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 9 months ago

These are 7 excellent reasons that a seller should use an agent every time.Thanks for sharing, Gita.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 9 months ago

Debbie, thank you for the comment

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 9 months ago

Thanks for the re-blog, Gita.  Some wise words from Amanda.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 9 months ago

Gabe, thank you 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 9 months ago