top of page
  • Writer's pictureMike Gratland


Updated: Oct 13, 2023

Gratland & Associates real estate agents in Westlake Village


Whether you are buying or selling a home it can be quite the overwhelming adventure, which is why you would consider working with an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal.

But in this world of inundation of information, instant gratification and neverending internet searches, many sellers think that they can easily

‘For Sale by Owner’ or ‘FSBO.’

The 5 basic reasons you may consider a real estate professional in your corner haven’t changed, but have rather been strengthened by the uncertain environment that has come with ever changing conditions.

We are constantly being updated by our local authorities and implementing all of the recommended health guidelines to keep homeowners & buyers safe. New addendums are required, updated contract, new laws and more.

1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true real estate professional is an expert in his or her market and can guide you through the stacks of paperwork necessary to make your dream a reality. AND to make sure sellers & buyers are using recommended health & safety precautions & proper disclosures.

2. Ok, so you found your dream house, now what?

There are over 180 possible steps that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to make sure that you achieve your dream?

3. Are you a good negotiator?

So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home. After looking at the list of parties that you will need to be prepared to negotiate with, you’ll soon realize the value in selecting a real estate professional. From the buyers (who want the best deals possible), to the home inspection companies, all the way to the appraisers, there are at least 11 different people who you will need to be knowledgeable of, and answer to, during the process.

Selling homes in 72 hours | Can you see the excitement from our happy client?!
Mike Sold My Home in 72 Hours!

4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

In uncertain times, it is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the amount of time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to a study by Collateral Analytics, FSBOs achieve prices significantly lower than those from similar properties sold by real estate agents:

“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.”

Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional.

5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

There is so much information out there on the news and on the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates globally, nationally and locally; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively and correctly price your home at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has his or her finger on the pulse of the market and truly has a heart to educate and empower your decision making abilities will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

Buy or Sell a Home in Simi Valley with Gratland & Associates

Ventura County Home Sales with GRatand & Associates

Bottom Line

You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic, so why would you make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a real estate professional?

Gratland & Associates bring a fresh approach to buying or selling real estate. We wish to empower our clients to help them make those informed decisions and build personal wealth.


11 views0 comments


Looking to buy or sell a home in

LA or Ventura County, CA?

Contact Mike & Marie Gratland at 805-857-5811.


We are experienced real estate agents serving Los Angeles, Ventura County and surrounding areas.


Get guidance and support throughout the buying or selling process.

Your Real Estate Agents in SoCal  California

bottom of page