Selling Your Home

5 Reasons You Should Always Use an Agent

Written by LRG Intern Alex Ginter

Think you can DIY this whole real estate thing when it comes to selling your house? Think again! Here are five reasons why you should ALWAYS consider teaming up with an agent.

1. Agents Have a Larger Network and More Experience

Real estate can be tricky and on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), it even has its own language. Are you looking to buy a 2BR/2.5BA with an EIK and W/D? Someone without much of a real estate background wouldn't look at this and see "2 bedroom, 2 and a half bathroom with an eat-in kitchen and washer/dryer," but an agent would! This language is second nature for them. 

Agents also have access to many more listings than the average person. Sure you can find loads of houses on Zillow,, and other listing services, but agents will most likely know the search area and homes that aren't publicly advertised. "Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised and a Realtor can help you find those hidden gems." (

2. Negotiating is Tricky

"Realtors have the expertise to help you prepare a killer deal—while avoiding delays or costly mistakes that can seriously mess you up," according to

Your real estate agent is the middle-man and does all your monetary dirty work. ...

A New Twist on Home Staging

Written by LRG Intern, Alex Ginter

If you are selling a home, you may want to consider home staging- preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. Don’t you want your house to give a great first impression to potential buyers? Staging furniture in your house helps buyers get a look and feel of a lived-in space. According to New Market Homes professionally staged homes sell almost 75% faster than empty ones, so your house most likely won’t be sitting on the market as long.

SixElements Home Staging Advice says most buyers have a hard time picturing their home while standing in an empty room. It’s easy for a realtor to tell a potential buyer where to put furniture in an empty room, but it’s another story when the buyer can visualize the space with furniture.

One of the biggest problems with home staging is the cost. Home sellers spend an average of $1,800 to stage a home, but costs can range from a couple of hundred dollars to $5,000 or more, according to Kiplinger.

Virtually staging your home is a newer way to put your home on display without spending a ton of money on staging furniture! Virtual staging uses computer technology to add furniture and other decor to photos of houses and rooms.

A few features of virtual staging include adding furniture, rugs, art and even plants to your empty room.

Louisville Realty Group has started to use this new technology on some of its current listings. Pictures of empty rooms were submitted and in less than 24 hours our agents...