Thinking to buy a house and not get the help of a Realtor? Yes- it is possible to DIY this real estate thing. But is it a good decision considering that a home purchase is one of the biggest financial transactions in one’s life?
What are the advantages of getting help from a licensed Realtor? Here are the reasons why getting an agent never fails.
They are professionals. Real estate purchases can be a tricky business. Although a lot of information is available online, there is no substitute for an experienced professional who knows the neighborhood you want to move into. They follow a higher ethical standard and code of ethics as licensed professionals that will help protect all parties involved.
They are market experts. As a real estate consumer, you may not know the market the way a real estate professional does. What kind of inventory is currently available, off the market and actively listed? How do you decide how much to offer? Is it a fair price? Which home is the best for you when you are torn between multiple options? Realtors can help you answer these questions. They know what’s going on in the local market, how the purchase will affect you and will put your interests first to get the best deal for you and your family.
They are experts in the process. Buying/Selling can be a complicated process of negotiations, mountains of paperwork, tax and escrow challenges. Real estate professionals have the expertise and experience to help buyers navigate the steps and avoid costly mistakes and delays in closing.
They are expert problem solvers. Real estate transactions are not a walk in the park. You will face challenges at some point. A good Realtor will know to guide you on what to do when inspections fail, or appraisal comes in at less than contract sales price and such.
They are experts in negotiation. When you buy or sell a home, you will encounter negotiations. As the housing market heats up, expect bidding wars like 1) accept or reject “counter offers” if you are a buyer and 2) accept or counter “offers” if you’re a seller. A Realtor is of great help when faced with these situations. A Realtor will help you get the terms that are important to you.
They have connections and a network. Realtors can recommend trusted mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, stagers, designers, contractors —the list goes on—and they're all in your Realtor's network as a result of years of experience.
They will work to your advantage. They are salespeople and they work to earn their commission. But, remember that they work for you at nearly all hours any time of the day to get things done. They will do their best to help and guide you to get the best deal, a responsibility Realtors don’t take lightly.
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