why it pays to hire a realtor
If a Realtor shows you property are you committed to using her? Well, it depends. An interesting scenario happened today. Last week I met an agent and his buyers, at my Ranch listing in Elk Grove. There were several people and they seemed interested. I could tell the agent had not met the buyers before as he shook hands and said happy to meet you.
Yesterday a Realtor called me about setting up an appointment to see the Ranch. She said the buyers had already seen the property. I asked her if they had seen it at an open house? She said, “well no” and then dodged the question moving to another comment about the property. Next, I asked for the buyer’s names for security reasons at the seller’s request.
Turns out Paul McCartney’s mother was named Mary. Why I do not readily recall this tidbit is a mystery. I surely must have stashed away this bit of information into my memory blocks at some significant time in my childhood, just as surely as I vividly recall writing The Beatles over and over, trying to write it 5000 times during class to win a Beatles wig from a local Minneapolis radio station, and suffering the agony and instant flash of hatred toward my teacher who snatched the papers off my desk, crumpling my work into her own little twisted hands while an evil grin spread slowly across her wretched face . . .
The line in Let it Be is When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me. Don’t ask me how I managed to believe during all of these decades that The Beatles sang: When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother married constantly. It made sense to me on some weird level. Maybe I thought if you couldn’t afford to pay your bills, you could always marry into money? Some things don’t make sense like a dead skunk in the middle of the road.
It also doesn’t make sense to try to sell a home in Sacramento by yourself when you can hire an agent who, if she’s any good, will probably make you more money than you could get on your own, even after paying the agent a commission. The California Association of Realtors says on average FSBO homes sold for $184,000 versus homes sold by a REALTOR at an average price of $230,000. C.A.R. concludes that sellers lose $46,000 by not hiring a REALTOR.
Bottom line, no matter how much you think you might know all the words to your favorite songs, some of us can mess it up and get it in our heads the wrong way. Just don’t mess up your home sale by trying to go it alone. If you need an experienced and aggressive listing agent, call Elizabeth Weintraub, at 916.233.6759.
Image: California Association of Realtors