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Why You Might Not Want to Sell FSBO

Selling your home for sale by owner seems like an excellent idea.  You can do so much more with a few thousand dollars than pay it to a real estate agent for commission.  Even though saving money is a good reason to sell your home for sale by owner, the money savings might not be worth the work involved with selling your home.  This is especially true if you have to lower your asking price as many for sale by owner sellers end up doing.

 

When you sell your home for sale by owner, you take on all the responsibilities real estate agent would normally handle.  This includes marketing the home, fielding phone calls from potential buyers, having open houses, making the negotiations, and closing the deal.  If these steps were as easy as they might seem there would be more real estate agents.

 

Consider that a real estate agent’s only job is to sell real estate.  The agent doesn’t have an emotional attachment to the home.  He (or she) is experienced in juggling multiple priorities and can quickly determine what a buyer is looking for in a home.  In many cases, buyers feel more comfortable working with a real estate agent because they feel freer to voice their true opinions on the home than they would with the home owner.

 

Many for sale by owner sellers are not able to show the home to potential buyers in an objective manner.  Often the seller skews the home showing to his own point of view, talking about experiences that he and his family have had in the home.  This can make it difficult for the buyer to truly get a feel for what it would be like for them to live in the home.

 

Pricing the home is vital to the sale of the home.  A for sale by owner seller with no prior experience in setting home prices might end up setting a price that is too high.  Often homeowners have unrealistic expectations of how much their home is worth.  This expectation stems from emotional ties to the house.  A real estate agent, who might work with several houses a day, is better able to look at the home objectively and set a succesful selling price.

 

For sale by owner sellers often lack the negotiation skills necessary to ensure that they are getting a good deal from the sale of the home.  If the buyer has an experienced real estate agent, it could be difficult for the seller to negotiate a favorable deal.  This is the reason that many for sale by owner sellers end up walking away with a lower price on the home than they initially expected.

 

Buyers have schedules just like sellers do.  Selling for sale by owner put the seller in a position where he must schedule his day around showing the home to prospective buyers, some of which might not even show up.  This can end up being extremely frustrating for the for sale by owner seller.

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How a Real Estate Agent Can Help

There are many ways that a real estate agent can help you when either buying or selling a home. If you are convinced that you do not need a real estate agent you should at least take a step back and reconsider. You may think that selling your home by owner is the way to go so that you can keep all the money, but when it comes down to it this can be quite difficult. If you are not sure what a real estate agent has to offer, your best bet is to call one on the phone and get a basic run down on what they can do for you. This short conversation may be all that you need to change your mind.

Below are three ways that a real estate agent can assist you when buying or selling a home. All of these may not fit into what you are doing, but chances are that at least one will suit your needs.

1. When selling your home a real estate agent can take off all the pressure. This means that they will do everything for you from marketing your home to actually negotiating the price if you want. If you do not hire a real estate agent you will have to handle all of these details on your own. And when it comes down to it they can be quite bothersome and time-consuming.

2. If you are looking to buy a home you may also want to consider using a real estate agent. Not only can they help you to find what is on the market at this time, they can also clue you into new homes that are getting ready to be listed. It is this early jump that may give you what you need to get the home of your dreams. And the great thing about this is that a real estate agent will not charge you any money to help you find a home.

3. All in all, a real estate agent knows what the market is doing. In turn, they can position your home in the best possible light. Remember, the real estate agent industry fluctuates many times a year. Sometimes it is a buyers market, and other times it is a seller’s market. Your real estate agent will be able to take this into consideration, and in turn help you reach all of your goals.

These are just three ways that a real estate agent can assist you when buying or selling a home.

The Natural Beauty Surrounding Vegas

The first thing most people think of when thinking of Las Vegas is the strip. Bright blinking neon lights, loud music, and spotlights are more of what people envision in Vegas than wide open spaces, natural park like settings, nature watches, and the beauty of the desert at sunset. Of course that is if you can get a little ways out of Vegas otherwise you’ll never notice the sun going down for all the bright lights.

Granted most of these beautiful places to visit are fair distances from Vegas but if you are this close to them it would be a shame to miss out on their beauty for the sake of a car ride. The first one I’d like to mention is Bryce Canyon National Park. It is actually in Utah and about 270 miles from Vegas. The fee to enter is $20 per vehicle but the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. The views you will see are worth every mile and every penny. You should also be on the lookout for some of the wildlife particularly the Great Basin Rattlesnake, bald eagles, and golden eagles. There are beautiful flowers that often bloom in the spring and early summer months if you happen to be visiting at this time it’s worth keeping an eye out.

The Grand Canyon is about 300 miles southeast of Vegas. This is another beauty that is well worth seeing if you have a day free or even really to make a priority of. There is a fee to bring your car into the park and you should check to see exactly what the current rate is before making the drive. For most people any fee is well worth experiencing this piece of American legend and lore. You can also opt to take one of many tours that will take you around the canyon and some that will take you to the bottom and back up again. If you are truly brave you should also consider one of the helicopter tours.

Floyd Lamb Park is open each day from 6 in the morning until 7 at night. This park is located about 20 miles from the strip in Vegas. It also has four fully stocked ponds, a barbecue area, and is home to some very interesting fossils and remains. The fossils and remains that have been identified here include the following: bison, mammoths, camels, giant sloths, and horse among other animals. This area became a state park in 1977 and visitors who have a fishing license for Nevada may fish in any of the park’s ponds but there is a limit of three fish per person.

Lake Mead is another great area nearby in which to enjoy the great outdoors of the Nevada desert. Lake Mead is a man-made lake and the 16th largest of its kind in this hemisphere. This lake was created by the Colorado River and the Hoover Dam and is about 1.5 million acres (I don’t know about you but that figure to me is actually staggering). This area is a very popular area for boating, swimming, and as wildlife observation area.

If you love the great outdoors there are plenty of places to get out there and enjoy nature in and around the Las Vegas area. You can do a lot more than view wildlife in any of these parks and each one offers something special to those that visit. I would hope that you could enjoy them all, however I would recommend that you spend at least one day of your trip outdoors in nature somewhere.