So, it’s time to sell! There are so many reasons why people sell. Maybe you’re moving away or downsizing. Maybe you own more than one property and no longer want the responsibility of one of your properties, or you’ve inherited a house and just don’t want it. Or perhaps you’re facing foreclosure and you want to avoid it by selling and moving on. In any case, you’re probably wondering where to get started.
Good news—there are options when it comes to selling! When you realize you have options, you may feel a weight lifted off your shoulders. With options, you can choose which method fits best with your needs. Here are the three top ways to sell your home in Northern VA.
1. A Local Real Estate Agent
The first and most common option is to find a trusted local brokerage and sell through a real estate agent. Most people find that going with an agent can fetch a high price for their property, so that’s a big benefit. However, there are also a few downsides: selling via an agent can take awhile and you have to pay the bulk of the commissions to your real estate agent and the buyer’s real estate agent. You also have to deal with staging to sell, leaving the house during showings and open houses, and probably repairs too.
Pros: Your agent will take care of everything and you’ll likely fetch a good price for your home.
Cons: Homes often sit on the market for weeks or months; you can’t predict when it will sell. Repairs, showings and open houses take up additional time and expense.
2. For Sale by Owner
The second most common option is FSBO, or for sale by owner. If you feel comfortable handling everything that a professional real estate agent does (pricing, marketing, showing, negotiating, etc.), then you can consider this option! It’ll likely take a lot of time and effort, but it will save you those commission fees. The main downside of FSBO is that it can be quite a lengthy process and you’ll have to spend a lot of time marketing and showing the property. However, it’s still a viable option for many people, especially if you already know that there is interest in your property.
Pros: You’ll save on an agent commission and gain the satisfaction of doing something all on your own!
Cons: Pricing, marketing, and negotiating are difficult and time consuming when you’re handling it by yourself.
3. A Local Home Buyer or Real Estate Investor
The third and final option for selling a home in Northern VA is to sell directly to a local home buyer or cash buyer. With this option, you can bypass many of the frustrations of the other two methods. This is the best option if you need to sell your home as quickly as possible. It’s the only way to guarantee a fast sale.
Pros: It’s quick and easy. You can sell your home as-is within just days, save on an agent commission AND the home buyer will likely take care of all repairs, moving expenses and more.
Cons: The cash price may be lower than what a real estate agent could fetch you.
If you’re interested in finding a buyer quickly, MarketPro Homebuyers is here to help! Contact us today via the contact form below or give us a call. We’re happy to discuss your needs when it comes to selling your home.