Meeghan Ford's Blog
There is a lot of discussion today about whether or not a real estate agent is necessary for the most successful sale of your home. You may have all the required skills and experience to handle it yourself, but that’s hard to figure out if you don’t know what a real estate agent actually does for you in the process. They’re marketing savvy, have access to the local MLS (multiple listing service), professional history and ongoing training with the market, which are the main features they bring to the table, but what does that really mean for you?
You probably found your real estate agent the same way you plan to sell your home and even found this article – with an Internet search. Sure, you can post your listing in several places on the internet, but the best advertising covers a variety of media outlets. Your real estate agent will have their own website, will syndicate the property to listing sites and even send out print media advertising like postcards, signage and home magazines. You can do the majority of these things, but the costs to retail clients are often much higher than they are for B2B clients like your agent. In addition to actual advertising venues, your agent will work with you on home staging, curb appeal and professional photography to make your home look its best in all that high-end advertising.
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS
Except for a few locations, all licensed agents are also members of at least one local MLS board. Some are members of two or more depending on their market area and the structure of the MLS relationships. It's possible for a do-it-yourselfer to pay a moderate fee and become part of an MLS board, but some require full agent licensing to join, and that can be an expensive and time-consuming process. This benefits you in multiple ways. First, your property goes into the MLS and syndicates out to anywhere that pulls that information. That means not only major sites but also each and every other agent in the same MLS’s website. That means more buyers looking at your property from more places.
Network and Know-How
A real estate transaction is a complex process with a lot of paperwork. It also generates legal agreements, which have more terms than just the price. Your real estate agent will be familiar with the entire process and therefore is in the best position to make sure you come out on top. They benefit when you benefit, so it's like having an extra person on your team in a race. Not all deals go through, and an experienced agent knows where to find those pitfalls and avoid them, or get you out of a deal that’s gone wrong with the fewest repercussions. In addition, your agent knows people. Not just other agents, interior decorators, photographers, and advertisers but other sellers and buyers. Most agents have multiple clients both buying and selling. Through these networks, your agent can find a buyer that loves your home that you otherwise wouldn’t have known it existed.
When it’s time to sell your home, going to the pros is the best decision you can make. Not only will you generally get a higher price for your home, it’s less work and often much quicker than trying to do it yourself. Talk to a variety of professionals in your area to find the one that is best for you.
As you get ready to show your home, you likely already set up a place for your pets to go during that time. But did you remember to set aside some time to wear out all their excess energy before they go? If not, then this is a good time to figure out how you will help them get the wiggles out well before starting the home showing process. Here’s four ideas to help you get started.
Play a Few Games of Fetch
Although it’s a basic game of throw and retrieve, pets love to play fetch with their owners. You don’t even need a lot of space to get the game started. Don’t have a big yard to run in? Just play a rapid-fire version of fetch in your living room.
Wherever you are, just grab their favorite toy and give it a toss to begin the game. Then, call them back to you once they have it and give them a reward. Repeat until it wears everyone out.
If your pet is not getting the picture, roll out the high value treats to make the game much more enticing. Even cats can learn how to play fetch if they are keen on the treats you offer.
Challenge Them to a Chase
Much like your pet, you undoubtedly have tons of nervous energy to expend before your home showing. If that’s the case, then both you and your pet could benefit from a rousing game of chase.
All you have to do is get your pet’s attention, crouch down ever so slightly, and then bolt in the opposite direction. As they come running full bore to catch you, it’ll be tough to avoid getting a serious case of the giggles. By the end, you’ll be in a great mood and ready for whatever the day brings—and so will they.
Take a Long Hike Together
Venturing out into the great outdoors is another great way to exercise your pet while improving your own outlook. As you both spend time in nature, the stress will melt away, leaving genuine feelings of wellbeing in their place.
No matter where you live, you likely have tons of trails in your midst. To find them, look at the nearby state and national parks to see which trailheads are closest. Just remember to verify that pets are allowed on the trail before you leave.
Break Out the Puzzle Games
Fetch, chase games and hikes are physically exhausting, but the reason they wear out your pet so well is that they also make them think. So, if you don’t have the time and space for physical activities, you can get a similar effect by breaking out the puzzle games.
Purpose-built puzzle games for pets challenge them to figure out how to flip switches, pull levers and open doors to get the treat inside. Pets tend to get plenty tired from working through the puzzles a few times since it has them using their brains in a whole new way. Just be sure to switch out the puzzles often to keep them feeling challenged.
By the end of your activities, your pets will be ready to go to the doggy daycare or pet sitter while you show your house. You can then focus on finding the perfect buyer for your home while your pets get in a good rest.
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