Here are five things to consider if you are thinking of selling your home without the help of a realtor. One, the value of your home, as determined by a comparative market analysis (CMA), an appraiser, or actual offers from buyers, may not be what you expect. Markets change, home values rise and fall, and many of the factors that sway home values are subjective and difficult to measure. Two, not everyone who views your home is going to love it. For this reason, it might be wise to consult a realtor about how to spend money wisely on home preparation. Three, most buyers will insult you and will try to find things wrong with your home to increase their bargaining leverage. While some of these complaints may be legitimate, some requests can be outrageous, and you may have to say no to potential buyers. Four, once your home is on the market, a myriad of realtors and their clients will want to see your home at all hours, sometimes at a moment’s notice. If you sell your home yourself, be prepared to handle this patiently, and also take security precautions to protect yourself. Finally, buyers can be rude, so be ready to clean up muddy floors and pick up trash after some potential buyers visit. This article concludes by saying that any independent seller must have great photos of the home and a strong Web presence, since nearly all real estate transactions these days begin online. | Read More