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Blog :: 04-2012

Why Does a Seller Need an Agent?

In this thrift-driven economy, we all want to get something for nothing, or at least for very little. Sometimes this results in lower quality services, products and results.

So when it comes to selling your home, does it really pay to forego the usual 6% fee (3% to the seller's agent and 3% to the buyer's agent) and make the sale on your own?

Just the Facts

Let's start by stating the fact that overall, homes listed for sale by owner simply sell for less than similar homes listed through an agent. When it comes to maneuvering through the deal making process, even confidence is no match for tried and true experience.


A Realtor brings a fresh approach to selling your home!


But let's say you have exceptional skills in negotiation. Statistics show that the most successful FSBO sellers are those who offer to pay the buyer's broker commission, which will constitute around 3% of the sale, cutting into that money you're supposed to be saving.

Costs of Competing

A savvy FSBO seller may be able to avoid this concession but there are other costs to consider. In order to compete with the Realtor-listed properties, you may want to pay a limited service broker to list your property in MLS. You may also want to pay for a professional stager. Then you will definitely need to pay an attorney to assist with the necessary disclosures and contracts, something that a broker would do for a represented seller.

What a Realtor Offers

Besides this there are lots of other services a Realtor can provide that can help your home sell faster and at the optimal price. For one, a Realtor offers a connection to a vast network of other professionals and buyers. This connection can allow them to bring your property to the attention of someone who may not have been directly looking for it but for whom it may still be a good fit.

A Realtor can also save you a lot of time and effort. Choosing one with a sophisticated marketing plan that employs internet, social media, and print media gets more eyes on your


Get the price your home deserves with Realtor representation.


property with no effort on your part. They can also provide staging, photography and concierge services that could prove invaluable to selling your property. In addition, they can keep track of the people viewing your property and get the inside story on what they're looking for and also what you can improve so that it will sell faster.

Perhaps the most valuable service a Realtor offers is providing educated guidance through what can often be a complex and emotionally charged process. They will handle the negotiating, paperwork and other transaction details for you while representing your best interests.

Employing a Realtor to help you sell your property takes out any guess work and toil that selling your home by yourself can cause and best of all, it ensures that you're not alone!


Choose a great Realtor like Geri Reilly and you'll be in good hands!


Nervous about choosing the wrong agent? Meet with local agents and ask for information about the marketing services they provide. Don't be afraid to ask tough, direct questions and most importantly make sure you like them and feel comfortable with their personality and expertise.
And if you're looking for representation in Chittenden County be sure to contact Geri Reilly Real Estate. With over 31 years of local experience in the real estate industry, Geri has been a top agent in Vermont since 1983. Geri is a native Vermonter and a UVM graduate ('79) bringing lots of knowledge of the local area. She is well known for her personalized service and attention to detail. It is her consistent, professional service that allows Geri to be one of the few in Vermont who is able to make the statement, "Thousands of Vermont Homes Sold".



Fall in Love with 67 Old Pump Road

67 Old Pump Road

There's something undeniably unique about Vermont. Quaint towns are separated by stretches of beautiful countryside with stunning views of mountains, lakes, trees and sky. Something about it makes you breath easier and take the time to revel in each moment. Here you can explore nature or relax with a cup of coffee, taking in the trees and land outside your window. And only in Vermont will you find as good a  home for such laid back luxury as 67 Old Pump Road.

67 Old Pump Road

67 Old Pump Road is a stunning post and beam log home with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. It features a Great Room with tile floor, vaulted ceiling, chandeliers and fireplace with stone surround and wood mantel.

If you enjoy cooking you'll love the custom Chef's Kitchen with beautiful hardwood floor, built-in desk with bookshelves and drawers and beamed ceiling that overlooks a sunny breakfast nook surrounded by windows and featuring a decorative tile and wood floor and chandelier.The dining room also has beautiful hardwood floors plus a picture window overlooking the porch and private yard, a wood stove with brick hearth and vaulted beamed ceiling.

Go up the beautiful wooden staircase and you'll find the den with a window seat, wainscoting and built-ins.

The luxurious master suite has 2 walk-in closets, wood paneled walls, skylights, a vaulted ceiling  and a custom bathroom featuring a whirlpool tub with tile surround and built-in

67 Old Pump Road

speakers, shower with decorative tile, wood floor and 2 linen closets.

The finished walk-out lower level is not to be missed either with 2 atrium doors, a game area with custom built-ins, wood fireplace with slate surround. laundry room and even a sound proof recording booth, pre-wired,  with custom storage cabinets for musical instruments.

67 Old Pump Road

From there you can walk out to the screened porch with vaulted ceiling and the spacious deck with plenty of room for a hot tub or plants.

The best feature, though, may be what's outsideof the house. Above the spacious detached 2 car garage is a studio apartment with hardwood floors, track

lighting, vaulted ceiling, built-ins and decorative windows.

What will make you fall in love is the scenery. Over 25 acres of fenced pasture, perennials, stone walls and trees surround you and being set back from the road you are free to enjoy this natural private paradise that is still within walking distance to walking trails and the village of Jericho.

Call us today to experience 67 Old Pump Road for yourself, you won't be disappointed!


Geri Reilly Real Estate

205 Dorset Street

So. Burlington, VT 05403


Fax 802.489.5670


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