FAQ on Front Range Real Estate
1 | How much does it cost to hire a Realtor to buy a home?
It might be surprising, but it doesn’t cost anything to hire a Realtor to buy a home! It’s standard practice for the seller to cover the commission for both the seller’s agent and buyer’s agent. If you’re buying a home, you get all the benefits of using a Realtor for free.
2 | How much does it cost to stage my home?
The average cost to stage an 1800 SqFt home is $2,000 per month. This cost is typically for vacant homes. There’s often a 2-3 month minimum. In addition to that, most staging companies will not rent their furniture and decor to owner-occupied properties for risk of loss or damage.
THE GOOD THING IS: THE FOWLER GROUP STAGES FOR FREE!!
We provide this service to our sellers, no matter if the home is vacant or owner-occupied, at our cost. We have a stager on our team AND a warehouse of furniture/decor to help our listings shine. Why? We want our listings to look better, bringing more buyers to the table, which has proven over and over to sell for a higher price in a shorter period of time!
3 | Why should I use a Realtor to sell my home?
Statistics show that if you sell your home by yourself, you typically profit less money. Reason being: you don’t know what your home is really worth, and the negotiation process can be challenging when it comes to inspection items. Expect a request for repairs and be prepared to negotiate.
The contract is long and detailed! A savvy agent can bury fees and concessions in the offer that may cost you more than you know. Once you accept an offer as a seller, it’s difficult to back out so make sure to hire a lawyer to go over the contract and make sure you understand what you are agreeing to.
44% of buyers are searching for homes on the internet. Make sure that you submit your home to multiple websites, including Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia, etc. With that said, it’s a good idea to hire a professional photographer who specializes in real estate photography to take quality photos. Remember that most buyers are searching for a home on the internet and good photos will help them decide whether or not to schedule a showing.
-Selling your home “For Sale by Owner” can be dangerous because anyone can be knocking on your door or calling to get in. These people aren’t pre-screened and can put you in a vulnerable position.
4 | When choosing a Realtor, what questions should I ask?
- How long have you been in the business?
- Is this your full-time job?
- How many homes have you sold in the last year?
- Do you have any references?
- Do you have a list of recommended service providers?
- Do you know the market trends for my area/neighborhood?
- What marketing do you provide?
- Do you use professional real estate photography and videography?
- Will you be staging my home?
- Do you offer a home warranty?
- Are you on a team? Do you have coverage if you are unavailable for more than 4 hrs?
- What do you do differently than other Realtors?