Whether you are buying your first or fifteenth home, buying an existing property or building a new home, there is one thing you need is a trusted real estate agent. Some may say that you can buy or sell a property on your own. If you are new or unfamiliar with the process, it may lead to more frustration and heart ache than it is worth. Why go it alone and run the risk of making risky and expensive errors when you can have an experienced professional by your side to help you every step of the way?
Here are 10 important reasons why you need the assistance of a real estate agent:
1) An agent will work with your best interest in mind
The agent will explain the process, negotiate with the seller or builder and help you to purchase the property. When you buy a home, you may be tempted to work with the seller’s agent. Beware, the seller’s agent is loyal to the seller, not to you the buyer. If you are selling, make sure you’re working with a trustworthy agent who can expertly represent you with the buyer’s agent.
2) An experienced agent can guide you through the process
While the agents deal with the buying and selling process every day, they understand its nuances, the complicated contractual language, the local regulations and most importantly they can spot potential issues before they become major problems.
3) An experienced agent knows what to look for
They’ll see potential problems such as wear and tear, structural issues or the condition of the roof or wiring. If you’re selling a home, they will help you decide what updates to make before you list your property.
4) The best real estate agents are objective
If you are selling your home, the agent can offer advice about how to position your home in the local market to attract the right buyers. If you’re buying a home, they can offer objective insights into the homes you view and help you find the one that is best for you.
5) An agent is an expert and knows your local area
If you are moving to a new area, an agent can give you the assistance you need to find the best schools, neighborhoods, doctors, dentists, hair salons, financial institutions, restaurants and local hotspots. At the same time, they understand the local market and can give you tips to sell quickly.
6) An agent offers advice based on experience
Agents rely on their track record to give you tips on home inspections, price reductions and other issues that may transpire during the course of the transaction.
7) An agent works deliberately and strategically
8) The best agents will continue to serve and support you after the closing
Sometimes issues arise in the first year following a home purchase. An agent will help you resolve these issues and connect you with reputable trades people utilizing their networks.
9) Going it alone may cause you to make costly mistakes
Sellers usually make a big mistake when trying to sell their own home by pricing it too high. A home that is not priced correctly will sit on the market for weeks. Enlisting the help of an experienced agent, will help you price your home so it will sell quickly.
10) An experienced agent acts as the quarterback of your real estate purchase or sale
A real estate transaction, along with a death in the family, divorce and bankruptcy can be one of the most stressful events in life. The real estate professional will help you find the right professionals to help you with the financial, legal and logistically support that you need. The real estate agent will spend hundreds of hours working on your behalf and will smooth out the bumps in the road that always seem to pop up!
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Emily K. Beal Director, Business Development and Customer Experience