Imagine this: You worked hard to improve and customize what you believe to be a perfect home. It is in one of the best neighborhoods in Towne Lake, with amazing amenities and schools, and friendly neighbors.
You landscaped beautifully, installed a deck, updated the flooring, added new fixtures and even repainted. You’re proud of your accomplishments within the house, yet find yourself ready to move on to more space, or to downsize, or move to a new location entirely.
With all of this in mind, you know you want someone to treasure your home the way you did, and you want to get paid for everything you have invested in it over the years. You know your house is worth a pretty penny, and you find yourself scrolling through various housing websites to see how you might start to put a value on your priceless home. And, then, you see it: a guaranteed internet offer, fantastic terms, quick closing! Is it too good to be true?
The truth is … there is a catch. When you sign on the dotted line with an internet investor, you sign away the equity that you put your blood, sweat and tears into building. You might not even realize it. Why? It seems like a really good price — lots of zeroes are tempting! — and convenient.
But, did you know that, with an educated, full-time real estate expert, the story could go differently? A Towne Lake resident recently experienced this exact scenario. They knew their house was amazing, and they wanted to get paid what it was worth. As they scrolled through housing websites, they found an internet offer, a whopping $347,000.
Here’s where the story changed for them: They talked with a local real estate professional to find out the real value of their home. And, for just one weekend of inconvenience for showings, they closed for $551,000.
Had they signed with the internet buyer, they would have left a total of $204,000 on the table! Of course, they were deeply relieved that the excitement and convenience of an instant offer didn’t sway them in their decision to consult and hire a realtor.
If you’re selling, do your research, and reach out to a real estate professional first, so you can get the price you know you deserve. It will be worth the time and effort on closing day; that’s for sure.
– Ursula and Associates (Jason Wilson and Ursula Butler) is a real estate team, associated with Keller Williams Realty Partners, that has specialized in Woodstock and surrounding areas since 1996.