One of the most commonly asked questions that most realtors get is why a buyer needs a real estate agent when they’re buying a house. Although many people can certainly buy a home themselves, the home buying process isn’t as simple as many people make it out to be.
In today’s blog, I’m giving you a list of my top reasons why you should work with a real estate agent when you’re buying a home. From convenience to saving yourself the headache of miles of paperwork, each person’s reason for working with a realtor is going to be a little different.
Why you should work with a realtor to buy your next home
- Help you find exactly what you want. Whether you’re looking for a giant backyard to play soccer in or need a pool for the summertime, a realtor will be able to provide you with listings that are customized to YOU. Once a realtor knows exactly what you’re looking for, you won’t even need to waste time looking at a home that doesn’t appeal to your needs.
- Save you time. Related to the above point, realtors save you time by only showing you the listings that are relevant to you. Unless you have unlimited amounts of time to look at different properties, hiring a realtor is going to make your life a lot easier.
- They’re obligated to put your interests ahead of theirs. Realtors abide by a code of ethics and must deal with all parties of the transaction honestly and be completely transparent in all advertising.
- Pricing expertise. An experienced realtor will know how much a home is really worth and prevent you for paying too much for a property that just isn’t worth it. They draw on their knowledge of the general real estate market, the specific neighbourhood and the home itself to help you understand if a house is priced too high.
- Negotiate with the seller. A realtor will eliminate all of the potentially awkward moments from your transaction and do the tough work for you. You won’t need to request repairs be made to a home or negotiate the price down from what it’s listed at. A realtor can provide you with unemotional negotiation, something that is extremely valuable in a situation like this.
- Access to unlisted homes. Sometimes homes are sold quietly to maintain privacy due to things like death or divorce. Your realtor will be able to grant you access to homes that aren’t publically listed online.
- Deal with the paperwork. All the paperwork that comes with buying a home can feel overwhelming but your realtor will make the process seamless. They’ll be able to make sure you don’t miss signing a certain page or checking a certain box in your excitement to own a home.
- Make sure everything is up to code. Your realtor is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to what’s legally allowed and permitted on a property. They’ll be able to let you know if that deck addition you have in mind is feasible or whether any other upgrades you have in mind are allowed.
Keep in mind that a real estate agent is a professional whose expertise is in the real estate market. They have the knowledge base you need to help you buy a home and can help you avoid making costly errors that can make your life difficult. Using a real estate agent can give you the objectivity you need when it comes to buying a home and someone you can rely on for an honest opinion.
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