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This article brought to you courtesy of Darcey Edwards, of Edwards Realty Trust, News-Times Insider Real Estate Expert.

Darcey Edwards

Many homeowners have thought about selling their home on their own so they can avoid paying the commission or they feel strongly that they can do things better than a real estate agent. But just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Here are some things to think about.

Selling a home takes time and effort. You will need more than a for sale by owner sign, including tax information, school districts and HOA requirements.

Selling a home takes expertise. You will need to understand the purchase agreements, the closing documents and any state laws tied to real estate transactions. A realtor knows how to prepare your home for sale, giving advice about staging, landscaping and curb appeal. Correct pricing is vital. Too low and the seller misses out, too high and it won't sell.

You could be swindled. In 2008, the FBI issued a warning to consumers indicating that some con artists have managed to combine both identity theft and mortgage fraud. You could end up signing away the house and lose everything.

Other realtors are hesitant to show a for sale by owner home. Their duty is to the buyer and if they don't trust the seller, they will avoid showing the home.

Darcey Edwards has the expertise to sell your home for the best price. She has the experience to help prepare your home for sale and Darcey will be there to guide you through the intricacies of selling a home.

Edwards Realty Trust

5193 N.E. Elam Young Parkway, Suite D

Hillsboro, OR 97124

503-939-6053

www.edwardsrealtytrust.com

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