If you are in the process of buying or selling a home, you may have already come across some of these common real estate myths. Real estate myths are abundant and are quite prevalent in the real estate world. Below you will find a few real estate myths to be wary of whether you are buying or selling a home.
- Some folks believe that if you don’t use a real estate agent you are likely to get a better deal. This is totally false because no matter which one of you have the agent…one of them is going to get the commission be it the buyer’s agent or the sellers agent. The only way to get around dealing with paying a commission to a realtor is if you sell or a buy a home that is for sale by owner. If you do decide to purchase or sell by owner, be very careful because there are a lot of things that can and perhaps will go wrong when you try to go it alone. Real estate agents deserve all the commission they get because they do a lot of work that you don’t have to worry about doing yourself.
- Another common real estate myth is that you should set your asking price higher than what you expect to make. If you price your home too much above the market value you are likely going to be doing yourself an injustice. Folks are going to pass your home by because they know that it is not in their price range. Setting your home at a reasonable price is a good way to get buyers to show some interest and not be scared off by sticker shock.
- Yet another common real estate myth is that all of the houses listed in the multiple listing systems are all available to look at online. Most of the houses on MLS are listed online but if you don’t tell your realtor that you want your home listed online he or she may not do so.
- Another real estate myth is that having an open house will basically guarantee that you home will sell. While open houses are good to get folks out looking at your house, they don’t always bring the buyer to your door. Typically those that look at your house during an open house are just browsing and likely won’t give you an offer.