Thinking Of Selling Your Shoreline Area House Yourself Or Going With A Limited-Service Agent?

Emily Cressey Real Estate Broker Home Pro Associates Seattle, WA
Emily Cressey, Real Estate Broker
Home Pro Associates Seattle, WA

As with so many things in life, we often get what we pay for. While the most expensive option is not always the best, the cheapest option is often not the best, either.

Even in a seller’s market like Shoreline, it’s smart to look at your options and see what will actually help you best reach your goals with the sale of your Shoreline-area house. It’s important to know your options when selling your home so you can have the type of experience and profits you are hoping to achieve. If you have concerns about the pricing of our services, please contact us to let us know what you are considering so we can address your concerns and help make the right choice for you.

Dive into this chart, and learn the differences when you hire HomePro Associates, sell yourself, or a cut-rate limited service agent.

Working With HomeSmartFor Sale By OwnerCut Rate Agents
Time To Sell: Lower average days on market (under 50)Studies show selling yourself adds on average 20+ days to the time to sell the house.** If your property is empty and vacant, this can be expensive and risky.Depends on how comprehensive the service is to help market and negotiate the home
Typical Sales Price:Houses sell for 13% higher prices* when working w/ a broker vs. FSBO13% less* than an experienced agent is able to negotiateDepends if their service includes full negotiation services or not
Marketing Costs:$0 – We pay for all marketing and do all of the marketing work$500 – $5,000+ in ads, yard signs, online marketing, photography, staging and more.$500 – $2,000+ in ads, yard sign, and more.
Types Of Marketing Included:MLS listing, online paid advertising, professional photography, professional yard sign, our team of buyers agents, our in-house list of buyers, neighborhood mailings, open house if necessary, and more! None. You’ll need to purchase all of your marketing separately.MLS, other marketing usually extra
Time Commitment From You: Very little. We want this to be as hands-off as possible for you so you can enjoy the process.3-5+ hours per week including fielding phone calls, showing the house, open houses, marketing, putting out signs, etc.Varies. May include 3-5+ hours per week including showing the house, open houses, marketing, putting out signs, etc.
Fees / Commissions: Competitive commission structure. We save you time, headaches, and paperwork hassles. Studies show we can help you sell for a higher price than selling FSBO.$100-$1,000 for materials and FSBO website listings.Flat fee or reduced commission for reduced services and assistance.
Legal / Contract / Advice: 100% included. We handle all of the contracts, documents, setting up escrow and closing, and more! We worry about the details so you can relax.You are responsible for all contracts, escrow, and legal details to ensure the closing happens correctly and legally.Not always included, when it is it may be limited. Ask the agent what they include and will not include.

At the end of the day, we always advise our clients to put a value to your time and energy that it will take to sell a local Shoreline, WA house yourself. If it takes you 30 hours of your time (at minimum) and you value your time, that alone is thousands of dollars in real value, not to mention the lost time.

Add up the research showing how a full-service agent like me, who is experienced in local Shoreline real estate can help sell your house on average 20 days faster and for 13% more, and that’s why 89% of home sellers work with a local real estate broker like HomePro Associates to help you sell your home.

Ready to get started? Give us a call at (206) 395-6262 or connect with us on our Contact Page.


– Less Hassle,
More Money In Your Pocket,
– Peace Of Mind…

U-Village, Seattle University District UW Real Estate
When it’s time to sell your Seattle, WA house, consider what you’d like the entire experience to be like.

When selling your Shoreline WA house, make your decision on what’s right for you based on these 3 important factors.

  1. The true costs: Often times people look at the commissions for an agent as a necessary evil to sell your home. But, when you partner with the right Shoreline real estate agents, that agent is the expert in your corner to protect your best interests.

    The truth is, real estate deals can get pretty hairy, especially when large, expensive Seattle homes are on the table. If a property takes longer to sell, a buyer backs out, you misstep because of a mistake in the contract that could cost you money, paying buyers agent commissions… all of those things add to the true cost of selling your house.
  2. Your time commitment: Do you want to be (and have the time to be) heavily involved in all aspects of selling the house? From marketing, to taking calls from buyers, to showing the house, doing your own open house, putting signs outside, to setting up escrow, and more? All so you can save a few bucks on the sale? For many people the time and aggravation is not worth the cost.

    Just calculate what your time and energy are worth and where you should best focus your time. If you’d rather not hassle with the details of your house sale, work with a trusted agent like HomePro Associates.
  3. The “experience factor”: There are hangups that can throw your closing off or cost you thousands. We help you avoid those and we deal with them for you.

Ready To Get The Process Started With HomePro Associates? Give Us A Call At (206) 395-6262 Or Get A FREE Home Valuation Report!

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Emily Cressey, Top Real Estate Broker - HomeSmart - HomePro Associates Team Lead
Emily Cressey, Top Real Estate Broker – HomePro Associates Team Lead

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2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, National Association of REALTORS®)

** Both the Northwestern and the Stanford studies mentioned in the Money section confirm just that: “The use of a broker does lead to an accelerated sale. In that respect, brokers appear to add value,” the Stanford researchers declared. The Northwestern study found that it takes on average 20 days longer to sell a house on a FSBO site versus the MLS or an agent.