When a real estate agent refers to providing “full service,” they generally mean they’ll guide you through the entire process of selling or buying a home from start to finish. Here are some of the services that a full-service real estate agent typically provides:
- Market Analysis: They’ll conduct a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to help determine the appropriate listing price for your home based on recent sales of comparable homes in your area.
- Staging Advice: They may give advice on how to stage your home to make it more appealing to potential buyers. Some agents might even hire professional stagers or photographers.
- Marketing and Advertising: Full-service agents will market and advertise your home to maximize its exposure. This can include listing your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), posting your home on online real estate platforms, hosting open houses, and possibly even creating printed materials and virtual tours.
- Scheduling and Hosting Showings: They’ll schedule and host showings of your home, and manage these appointments on your behalf.
- Negotiation: When offers are received, your agent will help you understand them and advise on negotiations. They’ll negotiate with the buyer’s agent to get the best price and terms for you.
- Paperwork: They’ll handle all the paperwork involved in the transaction, from the initial sales agreement to the final closing documents. This can include disclosures, inspection reports, and more.
- Closing Process: Your agent will guide you through the closing process, ensuring you understand every step along the way and helping resolve any issues that might arise.
In contrast, a limited-service agent might only provide some of these services, such as listing the home on the MLS, but leave the rest up to the seller. While limited-service agents can offer cost savings, a full-service agent can provide significant value by managing the complexities of the real estate transaction process for you