With the wealth of online resources dedicated to helping you search for a new home or sell the one you own, you might be wondering if you even need a real estate agent in the first place.
A trusted real estate agent who is recommended by others can increase your satisfaction with the process of buying a home. These factors will help you determine the value your agent can provide:
There’s the internet, then there’s the “pipeline.” You can enhance your property search with a pipeline of properties, get the scoop on pending listings and be aware of buyers who are looking within your area. Agents have the inside information!
Opt for the guided tour. When you tour a landmark or attraction your experience is enriched by someone who is familiar with the location who can guide you. As a community expert, your real estate “guide” can provide insights on historical market values, culture, and attractions, as well as local resources relevant to your interests and needs.
A single point of contact. A real estate professional will help you determine how much house you can afford, alert you to potential risks, help you find resources, and negotiate the offer. Often a seemingly simple transaction can grow legally complex and risky. Again, this is where the pipeline comes in, as your agent can help you locate trusted legal counsel, home inspection services, surveyors, and lenders.
Negotiating: A real estate professional can help you objectively consider the offer you plan to put forth. They can recognize the various strategies of a selling agent, which may serve to drive up the price. They can also provide insights that can help you submit a competitive offer on a home you don’t want to lose.
A real estate agent can be key to finding the perfect home for you and your family. Not only do they have experience, they also have to adhere to a code of ethics, so when you work with a REALTOR® you know you will be taken care of.