Why Use An Agent

9 Reasons you need an agent to help you buy or sell a home.

1. Representation

When you buy a home, you may be tempted to work with the seller’s agent, but that real estate agent is loyal to their client – the seller or builder. A buyer’s real estate agent will keep your best interests in mind. They’ll explain the process, negotiate with the seller or builder and help you purchase the home of your dreams. Likewise, if you’re selling, make sure you’re working with a trustworthy agent who can expertly represent you with the buyer’s agent.

2. Guidance

Since agents deal with the buying and selling process every day, they understand its nuances. They can explain often complicated contractual language, handle requests from the other side and spot potential issues before they become problems.

3. A real estate agent knows what to look for

They’ll see things you may not know to look for, such as wear and tear, structural issues or the condition of the roof or wiring. If you’re buying a home, they’ll help you assess the state of a home you’re viewing. If you’re selling a home, they’ll help you decide what updates to make before you list it.

4. Objective

If you’re selling your home, the real estate 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 insight into the homes you’re viewing and help you find the one that’s right for you.

5. Expertise

If you’re moving to a new area, an agent can give you the scoop on the best schools and neighborhoods, as well as warn you about areas that are prone to flooding, located near busy oads or are future hot spots for city re-development plans. Similarly, they understand the local market and can give you tips to help your home stand out and sell quickly.

6. Experience

Agents rely on their experience to give you tips in regard to inspections, price reductions and other issues that may arise during the course of the transaction.

7. An agent works on your behalf

Whether it’s negotiating the sale, handling challenges or objections that may arise, or acting as a liaison, an agent uses their expertise and skill to communicate your best interests with the other party.

8. Service after closing

Sometimes issues arise in the first year following a home purchase. A real estate agent will help you resolve these issues and connect you with reputable tradespeople in their networks.

9. Going it alone may end up costing you

Sellers often make a big mistake when trying to sell their own home by pricing it too high. A home that’s not priced right will sit on the market for weeks. Enlisting the aid of an agent will help you price your home to sell so that it piques the attention of the right buyers.

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