St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

Why For Sale by Owner Might Not be the Right Choice for You


June 1, 2019 | View PDF

Do you really know what it takes to sell your home?

Many people don’t realize how difficult selling a home can be. Most people who try to sell their home without a realtor do so to save money, but that isn’t always the case. On average, homes sold by the owner are on the market for 30 days longer and sell for $50,000 less than homes sold using a realtor. That’s because a realtor knows how to market your home to sell fast, and knows how to negotiate to get you the best price. Marketing and showing your home is an important step in getting it sold quick and for the right price. The top information sources people use when buying a home are websites, apps, yard signs, open houses, and realtors. If you aren’t using a realtor you need to make sure you are really pushing those other options and getting your home out there and seen by as many people as possible. Your time is valuable and worth something. If you have a full time or even part time job you might not have the time to market your home properly. Once you’ve found someone to buy your home, do you know all the proper legal steps to selling a home? There is a lot of paperwork and inspections and meetings that go into selling a home once it is under contract, and if you don’t know all the proper steps you could lose the sale! A realtor knows the best companies to use for inspections and has been trained in the proper sale of a home. We understand that you want to get the most out of selling your home and that selling your home on your own sounds like the best way to do that, but we want to make sure you understand that selling a home isn’t that easy.

Safety Tips:

• Never allow people to look at your home alone

• Always make sure buyers are with a licensed real estate agent

• Do not wear an jewelry that would attract attention

• Never leave a minor home alone

• Never indicate that you will be home alone

• Make sure valuables are locked up and out of site

• After someone makes and offer, seek advice before signing any documents

We are Regina Gonzales and Michelle Thomas and we want to make buying and selling your home as quick and easy as possible! We have over 25 years of combined real estate experience and we love working in St. Augustine. We have a passion for real estate and love making wonderful real estate matches. Working with Watson means we have access to all the latest and greatest when it comes to marketing tools. Our number one goal is to make you happy! We pride ourselves on customer experience and making sure you are 100% satisfied every step of the way! We are local realtors with global exposure!


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