Why Should You Use A Professional to Sell Your Home?

*from Keeping Current Matters

When homeowners decide to sell their houses, they obviously want to get the best possible price for their home with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is actually getting their homes sold.

In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed a buyer’s behavior during the home buying process. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2018 Home Buyer & Seller Generational Trends Report, the first step that “42% of recent buyers took in the home buying process was to look online at properties for sale.”

However, the report also revealed that 94% of buyers who used the internet when searching for homes ultimately purchased their homes through either a real estate agent/broker or from a builder or builder’s agent. Only 2% of buyers purchased their homes directly from a seller whom they didn’t know.

Buyers search for a home online but then depend on an agent to find the home they will buy (52%), to negotiate the terms of the sale (47%) & price (38%), or to help understand the process (60%).

The plethora of information now available has resulted in an increase in the percentage of buyers who reach out to real estate professionals to “connect the dots.” This is obvious, as the percentage of overall buyers who have used agents to buy their homes has steadily increased from 69% in 2001.

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of selling your home, don’t underestimate the role a real estate professional can play in the process.

December 15 Central IL Homes Guide – Available Online

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out our December 15 Central IL Homes Guide online! Over 675 active properties are featured in this issue. A big thank you, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year to all of our advertisers, loyal readers, and subscribers!

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Broker Open Houses – UPDATE!

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The Weekly Broker Open House E-Blast is a free service offered to all PAAR members, from the PAAR Marketing Center.

To submit your Broker Open House, the process is very simple and user-friendly, with  fields such as:

  • Date and Time
  • Location
  • MLS Number
  • Host Contact Information (name, company, etc.)
  • Brief Special Event Details (example: lunch provided)

Broker Open Houses MUST be submitted no later than the Friday before the actual open house. Then, all of the Broker Open Houses for that week are included in the Monday Weekly E-Blast sent out to all PAAR members.

Click HERE to submit your next Broker Open House!
Or feel free to contact us! Give us a call at 309.688.6419 or send us an email at centralillinoishomesguide.com.

December 1 Central IL Homes Guide

Our December 1st Central IL Homes Guide is now available online. You can check out the digital version before it hits stands tomorrow, Friday, 12/01/17.

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