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  • Smart Sellers Hire REALTORS®

    by | May 28, 2016
    By: Lynda Fernandez, SVP of Public Relations & International

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    Selling a home is one of the most important financial decisions most of us will ever make. That’s why more sellers than ever before turn to Realtors who are members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the MIAMI Association of Realtors to help them sell at the right price.

    According to NAR, in 2015 for-sale-by-owner home (FSBO) sales dropped to their lowest level on record. Only 8 percent of last year’s home sales were sold without an agent or broker. FSBO sales have dropped 5 percent since 2005, when they accounted for 13 percent of home sales.

    Similarly, 87 percent of buyers and 89 percent of sellers use an agent or broker when purchasing or selling a home. These figures have increased almost 20 percent in the last 15 years.

    While leaving out the Realtor might seem like a great way to save on commission fees, homeowners who try to sell their homes on their own face more disclosures and legal requirements than ever before and generally sell their homes for less.

    Sellers also tend to overestimate the value of their property, underestimate the amount of time required to market and show their property, and must deal with security concerns when strangers view the house.

    When sellingahome, a MIAMI Member Realtor uses cuttingedge tools and resources and:

    • Provides you with up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms, and condition of competing properties

    • Prices your property to sell at the highest price with the best terms and in the fastest time

    • Markets your property to other real estate agents and the public

    • Markets your home internationally-MIAMI member agents have even more resources

    • Knows when, where, and how to advertise your property

    • Helps you objectively evaluate every buyer proposal without compromising your marketing position

    • Helps close the sale of your home

    Go to to findaRealtor today.

    MIAMI Association of REALTORS®

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