By Bethany Royer
There’s a whole generation out there now that has grown up using computers and surfing the Internet. For them, communicating, browsing and shopping online are really second nature, so it seems natural that more and more buyers are searching for homes on the web and wanting their homes prominently displayed on the Internet.
Of course the World Wide Web is a powerful tool for both buyers and sellers, and that’s why so many real estate agents market their services and listings online. You’ll find that your agent’s experience and Internet expertise will be a valuable asset for you in the sale or purchase of a home.
Buying a home is not as simple as browsing eBay and clicking “Buy It Now!” Selling a home can be even more complicated. Most technically savvy computer users can list their home on online at a number of “For Sale By Owner” websites, but will run into “technical difficulty” when it comes time to set a fair asking price, target and screen qualified buyers, and handle the legalities of negotiations and contracts.
Ninety Four percent of listings that start “By Owner” are eventually sold by licensed real estate professionals. That’s because a professional can sell the home for more money, in less time, with profit outdistancing commission and guide you through the legal issues. Yes, the Internet is a powerful tool for buyers and sellers, especially when placed in the knowledgeable hands of a real estate professional.
If you’re thinking of making a move, call your trusted, local Realtor. They’ll be happy to guide you through the process.
Kathy Henne is a RE/MAX realtor, she can be reached at (937) 778-3961 or visit www.KathyHenneTeam.com for more information.
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