Dave Ramsey says “Use Us”

daveramseyDon’t sell your house yourself – Don’t be a FSBO –  Don’t be fooled by the middle-of-the-night TV huckster – It’s a lot harder than you think.  Dave Ramsey’s column gets a question we get all the time  – “What are the advantages of using a real estate agent versus going the for-sale-by-owner route when it comes to selling a home?

Since I’ve been actively selling real estate here in Grand Rapids for about 40 years, I have answered this question thousands of times – but Dave does it so eloquently – plus he has a bigger audience than mine (so far)!  Here are some of the highlights of his answer which have resounded steady for the past 40 years:

“…you will immediately have thousands of potential buyers.”

-when you have your home for sale “By Owner” your market is as large as a sign, an ad, and limited internet exposure will bring you.  The MLS and an active agent bring you qualified (very important as it separates them from lookeyloos) buyers who have the motivation and means to buy right now.

“…they (real estate agents) know all the ins and outs of buying and selling a home, and they’ll walk you through every step of the process.”

All real estate is local and it is so important to work with someone who knows the customs in the area, is familiar with all the forms commonly used and can keep their client (either a buyer or a seller) out of legal trouble as they go through the ever complex real estate transaction.

“…you will cost yourself more than the agent’s commission by trying to sell it yourself.”

Amen – I’m really liking Dave Ramsey!!  Often we as real estate agents make it look too easy – we don’t bother the client with little glitches, we just go ahead and solve the problems and bring the transaction to close.  We have the knowledge and the experience to know when to fire up the cannons and when to low-key something that can be solved easily – and then we solve it before it becomes an issue.

Bottom Line – Use a Realtor when you are thinking of Selling or Buying Real Estate!   Contact us for your personal real estate needs – with almost 40 years of real estate sales and being a native of Grand Rapids – We know GR and we know Real Estate !