Now more than ever, sellers need professionals to help navigate them through the home buying and selling process. It is important that both sides of the transaction are treated honestly and fairly, but today, safely as well. By listing your home with a REALTOR®, sellers have access to tools, reports, and safety measures not normally available to people listing on their own. Today, I want to talk specifically about what it means to you to list your house with a REALTOR®.
After listing with a REALTOR®, he/she will properly evaluate your home, plan updates and staging for your home, discuss what your needs are, and price your home accurately for your market. As active members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), REALTORS® also have access to safety guidelines you can implement starting with the home showings all the way through closing.
When a seller uses a REALTOR® , their home is listed in a local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which not only gives you access to professional photography, virtual tours, and 3D images of the property, the MLS can also include safety instructions. Sellers can ask buyers to follow state and federal guidelines when touring their home such as to wash and sanitize their hands, wear protective masks and shoe covers, minimize touching any surfaces, and limit the number of people touring the home. The MLS is a valuable and important tool for sellers to utilize to sell their home safely, quickly, and for top dollar. Always remember after a showing, commonly used surfaces such as door knobs, countertops, or cabinet knobs should be wiped down and sanitized.
Using a REALTOR® during the selling process is important under normal circumstances, but during unusual times like these, it is even more critical to ease the stress. Tomorrow's blog will focus on ways a REALTOR® can help you safely navigate the closing.