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Why Pay A Commission

Homeowners attempting to sell their home without the assistance of a REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL generally do so for one reason only: 
To avoid paying a commission fee.

Is it worth it?
Only the homeowner can answer that, but experience has showns that many for-sale-by-owners find that it isn't.

Before making a costly mistake, consider the benefits....from A to Z,  that you receive from working with a Trained Real Estate Professional.

Advertising: agents normally have proven marketing strategies. Juggle Showings: an agent will schedule & handle all showings. Suggested Price: an agent will do a market analysis to establish a fair price range.
Bargain: Research shows that 77% of sellers felt their commission was well spent. Keeps Your Best Interest in Mind: it's MY job! Time: one of the most valuable resources in an agent.
Contract Writing: an agent can supply standard forms to speed the transaction. Laws: a real estate professional will be up-to-date on real estate laws that affect you. Unbiased Opinion: most owners are too emotional about their home to be objective. 
Details: an agent frees you from handling the many details of selling a home. Multiple Listing Service: the most effective means of bringing together buyers and sellers. VIP: that's how you will be treated by me.  You will not get handed off to an assistant.
Experience & Expertise: in marketing, financing, negotiations, and more. Negotiation: an agent can handle all price and contract negotiations. Wisdom: a knowledgeable agent can offer the wisdom that comes with experience. 
Financial Know How: an agent is aware of the many options for financing a sale. Open Houses: a popular marketing technique organized by the agent.  X Marks the Spot: an agent is right there with you through the final signing of the papers.
Glossary: a real estate professional understands, and can explain, real estate lingo. Prospects: an agent has a network of contacts that can produce potential buyers. Yard Signs: an agent provides a professional sign, encouraging serious buyers.
Homework: agents are informed informed through research and experience in your market. Qualified Buyers: an agent can help avoid opening your home to curiosity seekers. Zero-Hour Support: selling a home can be an emotional experience; an agent can help throughout the process.
Information: if your have a real estate question, an agent will know (or can get) the answer. Realtor: an agent is a member of the National Association of Realtors and subscribes to a strict code of ethics.  


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We worked with Stephaine Ziemann when we recently sold our home. She was always available for a quick question and solid advice. Very knowledgeable about the real estate business. We trusted her input and expertise. The buyers also didn't use an agent so with neither side represented in the traditional sense, partnering with Stephanie helped us navigate the process, stay on track with our timelines and get to the closing table effectively. Stephanie also gave us names of companies for estimates on repairs needed. I would recommend Stephanie. Flat fee brokers are the way to go. Very fair fees and it allows for competitive pricing of homes without having to take into account a potential 6% extra costs to selling a home. Gwyn Garner
Stephanie was easy to work with and ended up making me $28,000 more than I thought I would. "Thank You", Stephanie! Jace Wainwright
We chose Stephanie because she has a discounted price for selling a home and my wife and I thought giving up a standard 6% ownership stake in our hard earned equity was a rip-off. Other brokers charging this promised more and said "You Get What You Pay For". That is nothing but a pile of hogwash because with Stephanie we got more than we paid for. I have owned far too much real estate in my life and used countless brokers charging me the full rate. Not one of them performed and went out of their way to get things done the way Stephanie did for us, including repairs and actually paying for one while we were traveling. Plus I used to be a licensed agent in Hawaii for 7 years, and know first hand that sellers get nothing more for their money using a broker charging 6%. If you can get a huge discount (in our case $8000) and superior service 2nd to none, it makes no sense to use anyone else. Unless you just don't like saving a pile of money! Larry Clutter
Simply Smart is the best way/value for selling houses. Stephanie has the experience to help someone new or the experienced write up a listing, advice on the photo shoot and pricing. I have saved well over $100,000 using her services. Yes I have to deal with the buying realtors but in a way it is in my best interest. Simply Smart is the best. Mike Scobee
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