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What are the steps for selling a house in Tucson Arizona

Do I need a realtor or lawyer by law? What can I expect them the cost?
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As others have pointed out, neither are necessary by law. You will likely have a lot better luck selling at the best price with the advice, marketing, and negotiation skills of a good agent, especially one that is a REALTOR with MLS access, however. Cost is negotiable. Get at least three different listing presentations from different agents. Ask them for comps and what is a fair price for your property. Ask them to be frank about what you need to do to stage your home in its best light. Ask them what they will do to market your home. Ask them what they like best about your neighborhood, to see if they really have local knowledge. Go with an agent that not only has the best responses, but it is also very important that they are good communicators with whom you will have a good rapport.

Best of luck with your sale!
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July 24 2011
Hi David,

No, the law does not require you use a REALTOR or lawyer. You can sell your house yourself. Assuming you are one of the owners.

Arizona law authorizes real estate agents to write real estate contracts. So you don't need a lawyer for that either.

The cost, if you hire a REALTOR, will be around 6%. Some will charge a little bit less, and some will charge more. I suggest you talk with a few to get an idea of what they offer.

You can even try a hybrid approach. You can try to sell it yourself and pay a REALTOR for some services, like listing the house in the MLS, negotiating the deal, taking care of the paperwork, etc.

Good luck!

Jose Dias, REALTOR
Realty One Scottsdale

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If you are considering selling yourself, you might also look into a flat fee MLS service like this here or others. Many of them will provide contracts legal for your state for a fee and list your house on the local MLS. They also offer a menu of other services like open houses, document preparation etc on a piecemeal basis that will run you a lot less than a crazy 7%.

FSBO's are not for everyone, but they can be successful and can also give you more room to negotiate with your buyer. There is a blog here where you can get more information on FSBO and decide if that is an option for you or not. If not, there are lots of great agents from your area on Zillow that would be happy to help you sell your home.
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Thanks for the prompt reply.
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July 24 2011
Tucson Realtors generally charge between 4-7% commission,
but that depends on the broker and type of listings ( flat fee vs full service).
you do not need an attorney to sell property in AZ.
Shop around and find an agent you feel comfortable with.
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July 24 2011
Arizona is one of the "easiest" states to buy or sell property. You are allowed to sell it yourself, called FSBO. Talk to a couple of agents or Realtors, ask for a listing presentation & you will figure out what agents or Realtors charge. Start with that, ask for recent sold comps for your subdivision & a CMA to see whT your house is worth. No attorney needed, unless you want one involved (they are used more back East). If you are looking for agents or Realtors, Zillow has a long list of professionals. Best of luck. Spirit
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