Why use a real estate agent?
Hours of classroom time, passing a state exam and yearly updates provide licensed real agents knowledge concerning legal contracts, state and local laws, zoning, deeds and other necessary information involved in a real estate transactions.
Each real estate transaction is unique and so are its potential problems. Professional agents deal with these issues everyday and know how to handle them. In most cases, using a real estate agent prevents problems from arising, as they are familiar with transaction process and all of the correct steps to take for a successful closing.
Choosing a Local Realtor® is key in the home buying process. If you’re in a relocation situation, a local agent can listen to your needs and guide you to the neighborhoods best suited to you and your family. In a local move, a licensed real agent will be up-to-date on new developments in residential construction and potential upcoming zoning changes.
The real estate market is ever changing and pricing your home properly relies on many factors. Comparable homes sold, property location, home condition and amenities all come in to play in determining the price that will bring the best offer and not leave money on the table. A licensed real agent will be able to evaluate all of the variables and guide you in pricing your home to sell. Overpricing a home to allow for negotiating room is a tactic that can backfire. The first days of a new listing are the property’s best opportunity to attract its highest offer. The longer the property is on the market, the higher the possibility of potential buyers asking “What’s wrong with it?”, especially about a property that has been sitting unsold in a hot market.
Top producing agents have the skills to negotiate well and because it’s their job, they are removed from the emotional aspect of the transaction. Good agents are not messengers, delivering buyer’s offers to sellers and vice versa. They are professionals who are trained to represent their client’s best interests and agree to hold client information confidential from competing interests. Today’s purchase agreements are more than a dozen pages in length, that doesn’t include the state and federal disclosure statements. Navigating this paperwork without making mistakes or omission can be an overwhelming task without a licensed real agent.
Many questions can pop up that were overlooked in the excitement of closing. Good agents stand by ready to assist!