Selling a Home in the Age of COVID-19
Whether you’re buying or selling a home in Georgia, legally you don’t need to hire a Realtor. The process of buying and selling could be done entirely without them. Georgia does require a real estate attorney like Frank B. Pallotta Law, but that is entirely separate from the real estate agent.
However, even under the best circumstances, we advise you hire a real estate agent. Daunting as it may seem to be to interview realtors or engage with people face-to-face right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, if you want to sell your house the fastest and safest way possible, you’ll want to seek the help of a professional and licensed real estate agent.
In the past we’ve covered why home buyers need a real estate agent. And for sellers it’s no different. Now, more than ever, it’s important to have a professional helping you on your side.
How the Pandemic Changed The Selling Process
The pandemic has changed so much of our day-to-day lives, and with the social distancing mandates and stay-at-home orders fluctuating so frequently, keeping up with them yourself is a daunting task. Keeping track of the rules for yourself is one thing, but adding the stress of keeping your home safe during this time is a lot.
Homes are being sold through virtual tours, the paperwork process is being done through video-conferences. Realtors are doing the best work while keeping people safe.
General Benefits to Hiring a Realtor
If you’re feeling resistance to hiring a licensed realtor, that’s completely understandable. Not only is it one more thing to worry about, but during a pandemic it may seem impractical to do something that looks as though it will result in less money for you. While it’s true that realtors take a commission, there are so many tiny ins-and-outs needed to successfully list and sell your home that they handle for you. When you do it on your own there’s a significant amount of time and effort being spent on this process. In this area, your realtor is more than just a middle-man.
When the heavy lifting is done by someone who is experienced and professional in the field, they’re more likely to get more money out of the house than you could’ve on your own! On top of that, there has been enough stress in the last year to last anyone a lifetime. Hiring a good realtor takes that stress out of your hands.
Real Estate Attorney
A real estate agent is not a real estate attorney. While it’s recommended to have the agent, Georgia law requires an attorney for any and all closing processes. Selling your home with or without a real estate agent comes with a mountain of paperwork, you’ll be glad you had us on your side. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your questions. We’re here to help you with your homestead.