With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes question the need for a Realtor to do a job that they think they can do online. The truth is, that while a few do find success with selling their home, others don't. Some people just don't have the resources to make it work. That's where your friendly, neighbourhood Century 21 Realtor comes in. Here are 8 reasons you may want to consider a Realtor when you sell your house:

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1. Education and Experience

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You do not need to know everything about real estate once you hire a Realtor. Murry Ford once said that "if you hire people who are smarter than you are, it proves you are smarter than they are." Century 21 agents have the education and experience to sell your home. Our agents are licensed and accredited Realtors, who have been tested and tried in their knowledge of homes, finances and law. In addition, most of our agents have had over ten years of experience selling homes - some over twenty!


2. Agents and Buffers

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Century 21 agents take the spam out of your property showings and visits. When you are buying, they keep other buyer's agents at bay. When you are selling, they filter clients to ensure you're in contact with those who are serious and qualified.


3. Neighbourhood Knowledge

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Agents have the professional knowledge and resources to give you accurate facts about crime demographics, schools, hospitals, community programs, and general types of neighbourhood that you may not be able to find out anywhere else.


4. Price Guidance

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Contrary to what some people believe, agents do NOT select the prices for the homes of sellers. An agent helps guide clients to a fair listing price. Agents base this fair listing price on a few different factors, such as current market prices, house prices in near proximity, condition of the home and age of the home. Fair listing prices will see more fair offers from serious buyers.


5. Market Conditions Information

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Real estate agents can disclose market conditions, which will govern the selling process. Without this knowledge, sellers may not be able to list their home accurately, or know how to effectively market their home to potential buyers.


6. Professional Networking

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Real estate agents network with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need in order to buy or sell. Agents know which vendors have a reputation for efficiency, competency, and competitive pricing. They can give you a list of prepared vendors that allow you to make an informed decision.


7. Negotiation Skills and Confidentiality

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Top producing agents are successful because they are able to emotionally remove themselves from the transaction. As an objective party, they represent you and your interests - presenting your case in the best light possible and keeping your information confidential.


8. Handling Paperwork

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Agents are educated in what to look for in a contract. This is will save you time pouring over legal terms and clauses. In addition, their knowledge can potentially help you save money in this area!

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