The reasons to USE a Broker – interesting facts about advertising and going the extra distance

You’re finally ready to sell your house. But so are your neighbor and the couple down the street.This means you have to work harder at it than just a few years ago when putting a “For Sale” sign on your lawn might have been enough. A slow economy and a record level of foreclosures have caused the supply of housing to exceed demand in many markets. So competition among sellers is fierce.

Patience helps, too.While there are signs of life in some markets, in others a single family home that used to take 30 to 60 days to sell can languish for many months—if it sells at all. Ultimately desperate measures may be required, including accepting a big loss to get a deal done.

Here is a tip about using a Broker in your sale.

Do I hire a broker?

It may be tempting to avoid the few percent sales commission that brokers charge, but only 11 percent of homes sold without a broker in 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors.

But think hard about going this route. Homeowners selling on their own also can’t advertise on the popular online sites, such as, Trulia, MSN Real Estate and Yahoo Real Estate. Such sellers may be limited to listing on or in the local newspaper.

You’ll also need to handle everything from advertising to negotiating the deal. What’s more, you must be available for frequent showings, and you’ll have to know what’s going on in the local marketplace.

Using Bob Hansen as your Broker is such a luxury. We really take the pressure and legal responsibilities off our clients and make selling your property a breaze in Hawaii.

Have a great day*

(Karen L, Donna H, RAM, Maui News,,