I read a lot of information on buying and selling houses. It’s part of my job. I read many other blogs besides ours, too. After a while, it becomes very easy to see how blogs are biased toward their own business models.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with that. Our blog promotes our business model, because we think it’s best for people in the kinds of situations we can help with. But we are aware that other ways of selling houses are out there, and that some may be better for a particular property owner. That’s why we will let you know if selling your home the traditional way, using a real estate professional’s assistance, would be better.
An example of what I am talking about is this article that came to my email inbox today. It comes off as an article warning potential sellers of the hazards of using a “FSBO” or for sale by owner strategy. It makes some good points about some of the cons (lack of advertising, lack of credibility in buyers’ minds, etc.). But, it only offers one alternative—contacting a local real estate agent.
They neglect to point out some of the negatives of this method, such as the time it will take to sell on the MLS, the need to keep your house spotless for showings, and the pressure to fix everything that is not perfect or updated about the house, to get top dollar. What if you don’t have the time or money for that?
That’s where we come in. When you get in touch with the Hermits, there’s no need to advertise and wait for a buyer to show up, you don’t have to get rid of every “dated” item in the house, and the closing can be whenever YOU want it to be. Sometimes the benefits of working on your own terms and timeline negates the fact that you don’t get “top dollar” (besides, with all the fees involved with traditional listings and the additional mortgage payments and utilities you have to pay until the house sells, you might not see those dollars anyway!).
So, when you read a blog, any blog (or an ad or a magazine article), consider the source. Who wrote it? What do they stand to gain? Decide for yourself what is right for you in our situation. And if we might be right for you, phone us at 512-807-8777. We will go over your options with you and help you make the right choice for you.