Working with a Realtor has advantages for buyers and sellers. A real estate professional can make the job easier for you, and you may get a better outcome than if you went the DIY route. Your real estate agent is a lot like your travel agent, helping you avoid pitfalls, and making sure you end up exactly where you want to be!
There are a lot of reasons we here at Mortgages.com like working with Realtors. We’ve outlined a few, for buyers and sellers.
Buying a home? You’ll be glad you’re working with a Realtor…
- When the negotiations aren’t as easy as you thought they’d be. You asked for a small allowance, $1,000, to remove that hideous wallpaper in the dining room and repaint. The seller, as it happens, loved that garish wall covering, and doesn’t understand why you don’t want to keep it. Or why you can’t just paint over it. One little detail can bring negotiations to a screeching halt, because emotions are running high. Your agent has been here before, and can handle it. It may take a little more time to negotiate a fair outcome, but you won’t have to do the negotiating, and your agent may be able to propose some options you hadn’t thought of it. Experience counts.
- When there are issues you can’t see with the naked eye. The house is beautiful at first glance, and at second and third glance, but you don’t always know what’s lurking under the impressive exterior. Maybe the plumbing is older than you think, or the new wiring from a recent renovation was installed by a company that has since gone out of business for doing shoddy work. Are there miniscule cracks in the foundation? Leaks in the basement? A Realtor knows to ask the right questions, and can help you find a home inspector who won’t miss a thing.
- When everything in your favorite neighborhood sells before you even hear about it. You love the neighborhood, and so does everyone else. A lot of homes sell as soon as they hit the market, if not sooner. Your Realtor might learn earlier what’s coming up for sale. He might also be able to approach a home owner and ask if they might be interested in selling to you.
- When you’re really busy. A Realtor does the legwork for you. Busy at work? Your agent can pre-screen properties, so you don’t waste time on what you don’t want.
- When you’re a first time buyer. Though you can learn a lot about home buying by reading blogs these days, nothing takes the place of an experienced professional who knows your market. A Realtor can guide you through the process, and help you avoid pitfalls.
- When you’re new in town. Don’t know exactly where you want to live in your new town? Your real estate agent is familiar with the pros and cons of each neighborhood, and may even be able to tell you about some hidden gems.
- When the seller is just plain evil. Fact: Some people just aren’t nice. You hope everyone wants a fair deal in real estate, and isn’t looking to rip anyone off or cause ill will, but it happens. Your Realtor can keep a cool head and deal with the bumps (or boulders) in the road, so you can move past it and enjoy your new home.
Selling a home? You’ll be glad you’re working with a Realtor…
- When you need your property to stand out. Does it seem like every other home in the neighborhood is for sale? When you need yours to stand out, a Realtor can offer tips and referrals to get your house looking its best, and can market it effectively for a quicker sale. The right agent can help you market your property in any season.
- When negotiations get emotional. It can be hurtful to hear that the buyers hate the color you painted your baby’s nursery. If you work through an agent, instead of, “We’re definitely going to have to do something about that vomit colored paint in the back bedroom,” you’ll hear, “The buyers want to repaint according to their preferences.” Isn’t that nicer?
- When you need to sell fast. Got a new job in another town? Ready to put an offer on the house you’ve always dreamed of owning? A Realtor can market your place and make showing it more convenient, helping you get it in front of as many other agents and potential buyers as possible.
- When you can’t be there. Selling a house FSBO means being able to meet potential buyers on their time, often with little to no warning. An agent can arrange showings when you aren’t there, fielding questions from other agents and potential buyers so you don’t have to.
- When you need help finding people who can help you. If you need to make some repairs before you put your house on the market, or hire the best home stager or landscaper in town (or the most cost effective one), a Realtor will be there for you with referrals. Their contacts in the field are invaluable.
- When you need to hear the truth. Everyone thinks their home is the greatest. You’ve lived there for years, made beautiful memories, and made improvements you love. But your taste may not be for everyone, and your home may not be worth as much as you thought, given the current market, the relative condition or size of your house to others in the neighborhood, or a variety of other factors. A good agent is an honest one, who will let you know if your home is priced too high to sell.
- When the buyer is just plain evil. So the buyer doesn’t share your taste, but did they really have to say your custom kitchen cabinets were hideous? And did you really need to hear it? A Realtor can field those comments for you, and tell you what you need to know, saving you from hearing what the buyer really thinks.
Bottom line? We like working with real estate agents, because they know their stuff. Finding the right Realtor can be tough, so take some time to pick the right one, and don’t be pressured into hiring a friend or family member. Buying or selling a house should be a good experience, and a Realtor can help make that happen!
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