Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com and Google search…MLS Listings?
Do you know what to do with all the real estate information available to you online? Have you used Trulia, Zillow, or Realtor.com and felt overwhelmed? In years past, agents and/or brokers traditionally serviced sellers throughout their real estate transaction, from listing the home for sale to closing the transaction. The services offered typically included a consultation, marketing of their home via the Multiple Listing Service, various analog platforms (e.g. yard signs, flyers and post cards) and culminating in negotiations between agents to finalize a purchase and sale agreement.
Brokerages and their agents are now responding to the Digital Real Estate Landscape – Trulia, Zillow, Reator.com – by offering a la carte option(s), allowing sellers to hand pick the real estate services they want. While there are always sellers looking for assistance from day one to close, many savvy homeowners who experienced lack-luster services during a previous real estate transaction welcome self-directed options. Sellers’ choices have also led to providing a method for capping professional commissions at closing, subsequently forcing agents to validate their commissions.
Is Your Agent/Broker Worth a Commission?
The old question many sellers asked – Why is there a 6% commission. More and more agents are hearing – Why is the commission not 2% or less?
Despite the recent transition to more digitally based services, seasoned industry professionals are still focusing on quality of service – the industry basics of property transactions. So the question remains, what does “Full Service” include? Nevertheless, before you can answer this concern, you must first ask yourself what is required to successfully complete your real estate transaction. If you are still in the planning stages, begin with asking yourself the following:
- Do I have the time and knowledge to market my own property listing?
- Do I feel comfortable in negotiating the terms of my transaction with real estate professionals working for the other side?
- Do I understand the current market trends and timing components of my potential sell?
- Would hiring a professional provide additional benefits that I am willing to pay for?
At Schwartz Realty, we can help you understand the best course of action and guide you through the process with ease. Start by scheduling a free consultation so you can explore not only the 4 key questions listed above, but also address others that you have not yet thought of. Let the some of the top realtors and agents in Las Vegas help you make the right decisions. For more information or to set up a consultation, give us a call today at (702) 485-1400.