Home sellers are more than twice as likely to get their homes sold if they use a REALTOR®, rather than trying to sell their home on their own, according to a new survey conducted by HomeGain of 400 home owners nationwide from July 31 to Aug. 10.

Seventy-three percent of the home owners surveyed said they used a REALTOR®. On the other hand, 21 percent of those surveyed said they tried to sell their home themselves.

The survey found that 66 percent of the home owners who used a REALTOR® were able to successfully sell their home compared to 30 percent of for-sale-by-owners.

What’s more, the survey found that 22 percent of the for-sale-by-owners eventually decided to use a REALTOR® to try to sell their home. More than half of those who did were then able to sell their homes too, the survey found.

“The value of a REALTOR® in a real estate transaction is made strikingly apparent in our 2012 FSBO verses REALTOR® survey of home sellers,” says Louis Cammarosano, general manager of HomeGain. “A qualified REALTOR® understands the dynamics of the market and can better assist home sellers in the pricing and preparation of their homes for sale.”

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