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Is Hiring a Real Estate Agent Worth It When Selling a Rental Property?

An agent and a property seller sitting down at a table looking at documentsAs a Nashua rental property investor, deciding whether to engage a real estate agent to help sell your property might be difficult. From one angle, an agent could help you sell your property, freeing up all the time you’d wasted on the process. Yet, on the other side, real estate agents commonly collect commission fees, which can eat into your profits. Given the advantages and disadvantages of having a seller’s agent, it’s essential to thoroughly weigh your options before determining if an agent is appropriate for you.

Pros of Hiring a Real Estate Agent

The main selling point of hiring a seller’s agent is that they provide a level of expertise and access that most people don’t have. Experienced real estate agents are well-versed in local real estate laws and regulations, so they can ensure that all legal requirements are met during the sale process. They may also have access to exclusive listings and contacts in the industry which could lead to an easier, faster sale for rental property owners. Real estate agents who specialize in rental properties, in particular, may be able to connect with Nashua property managers who know the value of an income property and who are willing to pay a fair price.

Another important benefit of working with a seller’s agent is that they can help you save time. This is extremely advantageous for busy rental property owners because managing the sale process for an income property can be very time-consuming. A professional real estate agent will be able to market your rental property to potential buyers and negotiate on your behalf, all tasks that would take up a great deal of your time should you try to do it yourself.

Cons of Hiring a Real Estate Agent

The big disadvantage of working with a real estate agent is the cost. Agents often charge commission fees based on a percentage of the sale price, which can decrease your profits. Unquestionably, that commission buys you significant expertise and time saved, so for many property owners, it’s worth it. At the same time, it’s vital to keep in mind that some real estate agents charge additional fees for marketing or other services. Therefore, before hiring, get a comprehensive list of commissions and fees.

Furthermore, rental property owners should be mindful that some agents are not necessarily qualified or experienced in rental properties specifically. This indicates they do not understand the complexities of rental transactions and could cost you time and money instead of saving it for you. At last, there is no certainty that an agent will be able to get you a better price (or any sale at all) for your rental property, so there is always a degree of risk when hiring one. Nevertheless, several agents only get paid if they close the sale, so these risks are relatively not significant.

For Sale By Owner – What to Expect

If you agree not to hire an agent, you’ll be in charge of managing the sale yourself. This incorporates marketing your rental property, handling contract negotiations, and handling inspections with potential buyers. You should also check that all rental property sale transactions are legal in your state/jurisdiction. If you decide to proceed this way, thoroughly research rental property rental laws and regulations before listing your rental property for sale.

Generally, working with a real estate agent might help rental property owners who need more time or expertise to sell a rental property by themselves. Yet, before making a decision, it’s important to thoroughly weigh all the pros and cons.

If the reason for selling your Nashua rental property is that you don’t want to manage the hassle of property management, you might need to reconsider. Working with Real Property Management Absolute for professional property management could make owning rental properties a simple and efficient method to build long-term wealth. To learn more, contact us online.

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