So the time has come for you to buy or sell your home and you’re sitting there thinking “Why do I need a real estate agent?” and “Can they really help or can I do this on my own?”
Pause for a minute. The purpose of a real estate agent is to represent you in a loyal, confidential manner – they want what you want so they have your best interests in mind. Always.
If you’re looking to buy a new home, from a buyer’s point of view you can expect your agent to make process as painless and easy as possible. Your agent can arrange to show you not only homes that are listed with their brokerage, but ALL properties in your town. Don’t think you’re limited to what certain companies are advertising. Your agent pays attention to you, learning exactly what you’re looking for in your new home – so when it comes time to buy they make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck and making sure your criteria is met. They make sure you know all the details about the homes you’re interested in.
In another aspect, the buyer’s agent handles all the legal side of things for you, which can really take some pressure off of you. Writing up a contract to buy a home all by yourself could get a bit confusing and come out totally wrong – typos or accidental wrong dates could really affect you. An agent will write the contract up for you, remind you of any important dates, and make sure you get all forms of paperwork needed for the closing on your home; not to mention they get everything over to the title company for you to make sure the process actually gets going and done. Your agent can get you information on your potential home like taxes, average utilities, any restrictions, and even recommend good inspectors or other preferred lenders to get you through the process.
Still wondering “Why do I need a real estate agent?”
You’re on the other side of things – you want to sell your home, not buy one. Yes, many people think they can sell their homes on their own, and by all means they can, but things get a little tricky. Statistically, when you work with a real estate agent your home will generally sell for more. Real estate agents are expect negotiators. Not only that, but an agent can make sure you’ve got your home listed for a proper price.
You’ve just got to understand your agent sleeps, breathes, and lives real estate. This is what they do 24/7. They now what they’re doing and will do the best they can to get you a great deal when it comes to selling your home. They invest their own time and money into advertising your home on the market – from pictures, virtual tours, advertising in the newspaper, open houses, and website advertising, to blogging. All this cam be done to attract potential buyers to your home! Your agent can also give you tips on how to make our home look more presentable and desired by potential buyers.
So if you’re wondering “Why do I need a real estate agent?” here’s a little to think about. Do you really want to deal with all the pressure on your own? Let an agent help you! It’s their job!