The internet and taking your pick; selling real estate is not as easy as placing a “For Sale Buying a home is not as simple as browsing through listings in newspapers or on” sign in front of your property. Obtaining the services of real estate agents is actually a sensible step to make your relocation plans go smoothly.
Sure, you can probably learn all you need to know online. But even though you are well versed in the language of the real estate market, you still lack the real experience of buying or selling a house which, in itself, imparts more valuable information about the inner workings of the housing market.
If you are relocating and you need to sell your property, real estate agents can provide invaluable assistance in getting your house out on market, a task which can be complicated to someone who is not familiar with the ins and outs of the real estate market. A real estate agent is also more than qualified to help you determine the value of your property, which depends on many factors, such as the location, type, and condition of the house; the current market conditions; and the current demand and supply trends in the housing market.
Getting the services of a real estate agent can help you save time, especially when potential buyers want to view your property. In addition to arranging viewing of the house for potential buyers, your real estate agent is also more equipped to show the house, highlighting the good qualities of your property and the neighborhood. Real estate agents are more qualified to make negotiations with interested parties, especially when the buyers also have their own agent, and getting you the best deal for your house.
In recent years, the services of real estate agents have also been made available to home buyers. If you think checking out properties for sale and finding one that suits your budget and needs are as easy as going to open houses and picking the best one you like, think again. A real estate agent will not only help make your relocation plans go smoothly; your agent will also ensure that your purchase and transition will go without a hitch.
Without a real estate agent, going from one open house to the next can be an overwhelming task. You can easily find yourself drowning in prospects that don’t really meet your needs.
With a real estate agent, you can be sure that every open house you visit is not going to be a waste of time. With your specific budget and needs in mind, your agent will only arrange viewings of houses that he/she knows you will be interested in. Because real estate agents have access to the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, which lists properties for sale, you will learn about properties on the market that are often not listed in your newspaper’s real estate section or online.
In addition to finding real estate properties that meet your requirements, your agent will also make sure that you will be getting good value for your money. If you need financial assistance, your real estate agent can also help you apply for and secure a loan and also give you advice about the current local housing market, your mortgage, and interest rates. He/she can also recommend a good home inspector to make sure that a house you are interested in has passed housing standards.
Your real estate agent can help you narrow down your list of real estate properties by providing you with invaluable information that you can use to compare each one with the other, such as the best features of the house as well as problems that may need fixing if there are any; the neighborhood; schools, hospitals, and other key establishments; and how long each property has been on the market.
Once you have made a decision about which property to purchase, your real estate agent can then assist you with negotiations with the seller or the seller’s agent. He/she will be in a better position to make an offer on the house based on several aspects including average local sale prices and comparisons with other properties on the market.
Once an agreement has been reached, the real estate agent can then work on the arduous documentation process. He/she will help you through each step of the purchasing process and give you useful advice and/or recommendations when needed.
As a buyer, you only stand to gain by obtaining the services of a real estate agent. The commission of both your agent and the seller’s agent will be paid by the seller. As a seller, you can be guaranteed that you will get a good return on your property, even with the five to seven percent commission that you will be paying the real estate agents. Whether you’re buying or selling, you can only benefit from the knowledge and experiences of a good real estate agent.