The fact that you're selling your home assumes that you've probably bought one. If so, then most of the professionals you worked with as a homebuyer will come into play when you're selling your home. In some cases, their roles will be different now that you're on the selling side of the fence.
Who Will Help You Sell Your Home?
You may choose not to use a real estate agent to help you sell your home. In fact, it's estimated that about one in five homes in the U.S. are "for sale by owner," or FSBO ("fizzbo"). Should you go the FSBO route, it's especially important to have someone on your side during this legally complex process. Namely, a real estate attorney, who has your interests in mind. He or she is the only one who can protect you by helping to ensure that things go the way you want them to. But even if you do use an agent, you still need an attorney. The role of a real estate agent greatly differs from that of an attorney.
Meet the real estate professionals who will help you along the way, so that the sale of your home will go as smoothly—and profitably!—as possible.
FSBO vs. Real Estate Agent
. Should you sell your home by yourself or hire a real estate agent? Know the facts, and your own personality, before you decide.
Real Estate Attorney
. An attorney can counsel you on the many legalities of selling your home, including the sales contract, seller disclosure, title insurance, inspection reports and more.
If you're not using an agent, it's especially important that you have a lawyer on the team.
. Normally an inspector is hired by the buyer. But there are times when you might want a second opinion.
How a buyer plans to pay for your home can affect whether the sale happens or falls apart.
A professional appraiser's opinion of your home's value is a good second opinion to your real estate agent's expertise.
A professional survey to clarify your property boundaries may be requested by a buyer or title agency. Or, your real estate agent may suggest it even before you put your home on the market.