With the economy still recovering, many Destin, Florida home sellers and home buyers think they’ll save money by selling or buying a home themselves. The truth is that few people save money when they take a do-it-yourself approach to selling or purchasing a home on Florida’s scenic Gulf Coast and many people actually wind up losing money. In most cases, sale-by-owner homes sit on the market longer, receive less buyer traffic and sell for less than homes sold by Realtors. A Realtor provides South Walton home sellers with instant access to multiple listing services and professional connections that will drive maximum buyer traffic to the home. Intimately familiar with local markets, a Destin Realtor can provide valuable advice on pricing and preparing your home to sell, as well as negotiating the purchase.
On the buyer’s end of the transaction, a Realtor can save home buyers time and money by screening homes in advance to make sure they meet the buyer’s criteria and assisting in price negotiations. In both cases, working with a Destin Realtor provides both home sellers and buyers with expert knowledge of local real estate markets, access to local service providers such as home inspectors and repair services, and ensures that closings go smoothly.
It pays to choose to work with a Realtor over a real estate agent. Only about 50% of agents are certified Realtors. Realtors are members of the National Association of Realtors, a nationwide organization that promotes fair, honest and ethical standards within the professional real estate community. Realtors agree to abide by a Code of Ethics that the Realtor put the client’s interests above her own, provide full disclosure of pertinent facts about the property, communicate truthfully with the public, and abide by non-discriminatory fair-housing regulations.
If you are buying or selling a home in the Destin-South Walton area, using a Realtor will ensure that your home sells quickly and for the best possible price.