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Thinking Of Selling Your Westfield, Cranford, Clark, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Mountainside Areas House Yourself Or Going With A Limited Service Agent?

Even in a seller’s market like Westfield, Cranford, Clark, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Mountainside Areas, it’s smart to look at your options and see what will actually help you best reach your goals with the sale of your house. It’s important to know your options when selling a house. Dive in and learn the differences when you hire Steve Christian Homes, sell yourself, or a flat-rate limited service agent.

For Sale By OwnerFlat-Rate Agents
Time To Sell: Lower average days on market Selling on your own can add significant time to the process**This varies based on what the agent does
Typical Sales Price:Houses sell for 13% higher prices* when working w/ a broker vs. FSBO. Coldwell Bankers “Listing Concierge” *** marketing program can net another 2%-7% 13% less* than an experienced agent is able to negotiateLikely to receive less as most flat-rate agents will not negotiate on your behalf
Marketing Costs:$0 – We pay for all marketing and do all of the marketing work. No additional fees everCosts rise quickly when you buy premium ads, print materials, signage, open houses materials, and moreA flat-free agent will often just put your house on the MLS. All other marketing is up to you
Types Of Marketing Included:Anything that is needed. Premium listing, professional photography, virtual tours, floor plans, tailored social media campaigns, yard signs, an open house, and more! You will have to determine which forms of marketing will be the most cost-effective for youUsually, just your MLS listing
Time Commitment From You: As Little as possible! We will handle all the details and provide a seamless and stress-free processYou will spend several hours per week on the sale of your home – between answering calls, fielding questions, marketing the property, showing the house, and, deciphering offersIt depends on the level of service offered by your agent.
Fees / Commissions: Competitive commission structure. We save you time & headaches. Our local knowledge and real estate expertise make it worthwhileMarketing costs, the cost of your time, and the frustration of dealing with unqualified buyersFlat fee or reduced commission for reduced services and assistance.
Legal / Contract / Advice: We offer advice, insight, digital paperwork, and my network of professionals to help guide you through the processYou are responsible for all contracts, escrow, and legal details to ensure the closing happens correctly and legally.typically very limited.

At the end of the day, we always advise our clients to put a value to your time and energy that it will take to sell a local Westfield house yourself. If it takes you 30 hours of your time (at minimum) and you value your time, that alone is thousands of dollars in real value, not to mention the lost time. Add up the research showing how a full-service agent who is experienced in local Westfield, Cranford, Clark, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Mountainside Areas real estate can help sell your house on average 20 days faster and for 13% more, and that’s why 89% of home sellers work with a local real estate broker like Steve Christian Homes to help you sell your home.

Ready to get started? Give us a call at 917-608-7277 or connect with us on our Contact Page.

Less Hassle, More In Your Pocket, Peace Of Mind…

When selling your Westfield, Cranford, Clark, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Mountainside Areas NJ house, make your decision on what’s right for you based on these 3 important factors.

  1. The true costs: Often times people look at the commissions for an agent as a necessary evil to sell your home. But, when you partner with the right Westfield, Cranford, Clark, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Mountainside Areas real estate agents, that agent is the expert in your corner to protect your best interests. If a property takes longer to sell, a buyer backs out, you misstep because of a mistake in the contract that could cost you money, paying buyers agent commissions… all of those things add up to the true cost of selling your house.
  2. Your time commitment: Do you want to be (and have the time to be) heavily involved in all aspects of selling the house? From marketing to taking calls from buyers, to showing the house, doing your own open house, putting signs outside, and more? All so you can save 2 or 3% on the sale. Just calculate what your time and energy are worth and where you should best focus your time. If you’d rather not hassle with the details of your house sale, work with a trusted agent like Steve Christian Homes.
  3. The “experience factor”: There are hangups that can throw your closing off or cost you thousands. We help you avoid those and we deal with them for you.

Ready To Get The Process Started With Steve Christian Homes? Give Us A Call At 917-608-7277 Or Get A FREE Home Valuation Report!


2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, National Association of REALTORS®)

** Both the Northwestern and the Stanford studies mentioned in the Money section confirm just that: “The use of a broker does lead to an accelerated sale. In that respect, brokers appear to add value,” the Stanford researchers declared. The Northwestern study found that it takes on average 20 days longer to sell a house on a FSBO site versus the MLS or an agent.

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