Top 6 Reasons You Should Use a Realtor When Selling Your Connecticut Home

You are considering selling your Connecticut home and you are faced with the decision of hiring a Realtor® or trying to sell it yourself.

Selling it yourself may seem like a good idea, but there are some pretty compelling reasons why you may want to hire a Realtor® to sell your Connecticut home.

Here’s why…

1. Homes sold with a Realtor® typically sell for a substantially higher price.

According to the National Association of Realtors®, the median selling price last year of a For Sale By Owner home was $190,000 while those working with Realtor had a median selling price of $250,000. This is historically the case and will continue through 2018 and beyond.

Here’s a closer look at those figures and the bottom line.

A Realtor’s commission, while negotiable, is typically 6%. In the example above, 6% of $250,000 is $15,000, leaving the seller with $235,000. Still substantially more than the $190,000 the seller could have gotten on his/her own.

While a higher selling price is a great reason to use a professional, a Realtor® brings a lot more to the table.

Let’s take a look at the other reasons you should use a professional when selling your Connecticut home.

2. A good Realtor® is a marketing expert.

In today’s real estate market the way to get the highest possible price while meeting your timeline is to get your home in front of as many eyes as possible.

That means using many different marketing avenues as quickly as possible.

There are many real estate agents out there that like to use what I call the “List and Wait” method”. They will list your home on the MLS, but they are busy, so they will let other agents bring them a buyer.

A good Realtor® will spend their own money actively marketing your home everywhere.

  • You should see your home on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter.
  • You should see your home as a sponsored (paid ad) home on, Zillow and Trulia.
  • You should see your home in the local newspaper.

The key is to get as many people interested in your home as possible.

Homes are bought with emotion and once multiple buyers are emotionally connected to your home, you will the get the highest selling price possible.

I have seen it happen time and time again.

It works!

3. A good Realtor® will help you to prepare your home for sale.

Realtors® know through experience exactly what buyers are looking for and they can help you to prepare your home to show prospective buyers exactly what they want.

A good Realtor® will have professional photos taken in order to show your home in the best light.

First impressions are everything and great photos of your home are the first impression prospective buyers are going to see.

Here are some more things your Realtor® can help you with.

  • Realtors® can recommend certain colors that buyers are looking for.
  • Realtors® can show you how to declutter your home.
  • Realtors® can help you to stage your home to show the best.
  • Realtors® can help you with curb appeal for your home.

All of these things will make a difference in both number of potential buyers and final sales price.

4. A Realtor® is an expert at guiding you through the transaction.

A real estate transaction can be a complicated process for someone that doesn’t close deals for a living.

There are many moving parts that need to be completed on a strict timeline and a good Realtor® will have a daily and weekly checklist to make sure that each task is completed properly and on time.

5. A Realtor® will ensure that your transaction is in full compliance with the law.

Selling a Connecticut home is governed by a number of laws that need to be recognized and followed to avoid lawsuits down the line.

In particular are the multiple disclosure laws that a Realtor® will guide you through so that you don’t have to think twice about them.

6. A Realtor® has a network of professionals that can help to insure your sale runs smoothly.

It is inevitable that things will come up during the sale process that may require the help of a professional.

A good Realtor® will have relationships with the experts that you require so that they will respond immediately to your needs.

Bottom Line

Selling your Connecticut home is not a difficult process when you have a trusted advisor that you can count on.
A good Realtor® will provide a huge amount of value to you while helping you to navigate through the home selling transaction.

Give me a call today!


I would love the opportunity to earn your business!

John VanDerLaan

John VanDerLaan RealtorREALTOR
eXp Realty
Southbury CT
(203) 206-4703

With 30 years experience buying and selling Connecticut real estate, let me put my knowledge and expertise to work for you! Buying or selling your home is not a difficult process when you have a trusted advisor to lean on. I look forward to the opportunity to earn your business!

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John VanDerLaan RealtorJohn VanDerLaan

Covering areas of Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield Counties.
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