With all the websites available to consumers today, it's easy to research most any topic you choose. When it comes time to list a house on the market for sale, there are plenty of options out there for you to take a look at on line. Zillow is one of the more popular as is Realtor.com. However, there is still substitute to good old fashioned professional help.
When studying the MLS to price a house for the current market, just for the fun of it, I usually check Zillow for their Zestimate of the property. I have yet to see a single Zestimate that is in line with fair market value for the areas that I research. In fact, I have yet to see a single Zestimate that was not below fair market value and in most cases by several thousand dollars. One of the last houses that I listed there was a $10,000 difference in the market value and the Zestimate at the time the market analysis was done.
Taking this in to account, even if you hire a Realtor to sell your house, you would still make more than you would if you used the Zestimate to price the house. As I said, this is not an uncommon occurance. Most people who decide to sell their home without the aid of a real estate professional either underprice or significantly overprice the house. Also most people do not know how to effectively market the house, there is a lot more to it than throwing a sign in the yard and posting it on a few websites.
Most Realtors will do a free market analysis on your home, and I am no different. I offer the service to anyone who is interested. At the very least, if you are considering an attempt to sell your house yourself, you should contact a Realtor for proper pricing and any advice that they would be willing to give you. Don't short change yourself by believing every website that you run across in the gospel truth, the sad fact of the matter is that most of them are not. It never hurts to get a professionals opinion on the subject, after all, they are professionals on the subject.
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JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.
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