In this hot sellers real estate market in Berks County, some home sellers have been tempted to sell their home on their own. You might have thought about selling your Berks County home without an agent. This is called a 'For Sale By Owner' or FSBO. Some home sellers think that doing this will save them money by skipping hiring a real estate agent.

Many people lack the experience to sell their homes themselves unless they are trained agents. A number of aspects of selling a home can easily go wrong without the assistance of a real estate professional.

Here are some of the downsides of selling a home without an agent.

You wont make as much money.

It is true that if you sell your home without an agent you will not have to pay the commission. However, you may not be able to get as much for your home as you want, and the difference in price could easily exceed the agent's commission.

Selling a home in Berks County takes experience and skill. Real estate agents usually have just two main jobs, to either buy or sell homes. Most have been buying and selling homes for years. Having experience buying homes also helps when you sell a home, as you know what buyers want and are willing to pay.

It is James Ernst's goal to help you find the home of your dreams at the market's best price. Because he is experienced in the local Berks County real estate market, the price of your home will be determined on comparative sales of similar homes in your area.

Little to no marketing.

Marketing is essential to a successful home sale. Your home needs to be put in front of as many potential buyers as possible. That takes a marketing plan.

Through professional photography, virtual tours, detailed home listings, and an extensive professional network, James Ernst will market your home across multiple channels.

No representation.

Selling a Berks County home requires someone who can address tough questions without scaring away prospective buyers. This is known as the art of negotiation, and it will help you get the best price for your home.

You'd also need to work with a wide range of professionals during the sales process, including appraisers, inspectors, attorneys, etc. Are you up to the challenge?

Would you be able to check the buyer's finances before accepting the offer to ensure that they can afford your home? This is something a real estate agent does on a regular basis.

Selling a home takes a lot of time and energy.

Imagine a full-time job on top of your normal life. That's about what you need to do when you sell your home.

To sell a home, a real estate agent arranges for photos, prepares the marketing, works with other professionals involved, schedules and conducts showings, and takes phone calls - among many other things.

There are many other reasons why selling a home by yourself is not the best way to sell your home. It's easy to see why using a skilled agent like James Ernst will help you get the most money for your home, and save you time and headaches.

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