Why a Realtor?
With so much information available online, you might wonder why you need an agent at all.
When you have made the commitment to sell, you will be faced with a number of important decisions. Should you try to sell it yourself? Should you hire a Real Estate Agent? The time you spend making these initial decisions could save you thousands of dollars and prevent future disappointment and frustration.
Before you decide you should ask yourself the following:
Are you able to determine the best possible price?
Are you aware that homes are bought by comparison?
Are you in a position to show the buyer another home?
Are you in a position to have firsthand knowledge of competitive home values?
Are you knowledgeable enough to write a contract that is certain to be valid and binding?
Are you aware of what facts must be disclosed?
Are you aware of where to find buyers?
Are you an expert on the current home loan market? Can you determine if a buyer qualifies for a mortgage?
Are you readily able to negotiate price with a buyer?
Are you in a position to follow up a would-be buyer if he or she shows interest?
Are you able to tell the good guys from the bad guys?
Are you able to determine who ensures you will get your money?
Are you aware that most buyers seek the services of a Real Estate firm?
When purchasing a home an agent with experience can:
Assist in determining your price range based on your needs and wants;
Help you compare homes and answer questions about the communities you’re interested in;
Offer feedback on the mortgage process, and how much you can afford;
Give you access to information and features of the MLS® System not available to the general public;
Research and preview homes, so no time is wasted on places that do not meet your criteria and budget;
Make appointments and accompany you in viewing homes;
Offer a list of contacts for related services you may need, ie: lawyer, mortgage broker, home inspector;
Negotiate, on your behalf, during the buying process, to ensure your interests are being served;
Put together a legally binding contract;
Benefits of a REALTOR®
A REALTOR® is knowledgeable about developments in real estate:
A REALTOR® can get you the information needed to make an informed decision: comparable prices, neighborhood trends, housing market conditions and more.
A REALTOR® Actively updating education: Through courses, workshops and other professional development, he/she maintains a high level of current knowledge about real estate.
A REALTOR® has access to Board MLS® Systems, which facilitate the cooperate sale of properties to benefit consumers.
Whether buying or selling a home, you can trust that your REALTOR® will ensure the transaction is completed competently and professionally. You don’t have to worry about the details – your REALTOR® can take care of them for you. You can get advice from someone with an intimate knowledge of the local housing market. And you can count on the help of a professional who has committed to serve with integrity and competence.