At Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors® in Bakersfield, we love helping people sell their homes to the perfect buyers, and our team always works hard to make sure our clients get the best offers on their properties. We know that selling a house can be tough, and there are often times when people aren’t sure how to go about it. They may want to try to sell on their own instead of working with a real estate agent, and this can be a viable option. However, with all that goes into selling a property, including paperwork, showings, and more, it can make sense to hire an experienced Realtor®. In this post, we’ll take a look at the for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) approach versus working with an established real estate company.


Handling All the Paperwork

Selling a home is a legal transaction, and with any legal transaction, there is always paperwork involved. From the contract forms to the closing documents, there is a lot of paperwork that needs to be filled out and filed with the proper people. If you’re going the FSBO route, then that burden will fall on you entirely. Should you forget a form or not fill one out completely, then you could end up with some legal issues once the house has been sold.

Setting Up Showings

When you hire a real estate agent, one of their jobs is to set up showings and to market your home to potential buyers. For FSBO properties, the homeowner is responsible for these tasks, and while you may be well-versed in marketing, and you have no problem with setting up showings, these things can take up a lot of your time. If you work a full-time job and have kids to take care of, among other responsibilities, then you might find it difficult to market and show your home how and when you want.

Getting the Price You Want

One of the biggest challenges that anyone who’s trying to sell their home can face is getting the price you want for your property. Whether it’s FSBO or a sale through a Realtor®, the homeowner wants to get a good price for their house, especially if they’re trying to buy a new home at the same time. With an FSBO, the seller has to negotiate the sale on their own, and they may not have the market knowledge to get the best price possible. A local Realtor® should know the area, including what similar houses have sold for in the past few months. An agent will likely also be more skilled at negotiating, as well as knowing when to wait for a better offer on a property.

Contact Us Today

For some homeowners, FSBO can be the perfect way to go. If you’ve sold multiple homes on your own over the years, then you likely feel comfortable with the real estate process and all that selling a home requires. However, if you’re trying to sell a house for the first time, then it might be better to work with one of our experienced agents. We’ll always put your needs first, and we’ll provide everything you need to find the right buyer and get a price with which you’re comfortable. Contact us today to get started on your home-selling journey!