Whether it's time to sell your home or you're on the market for something new, a professional real estate agent can help. But why pay the money when you can perform these services yourself? A REALTOR® can provide experience and knowledge about the housing market that the average person doesn't have, and in the case of an experienced agent, they've been helping people to buy or sell homes for some time. An agent can be your best advocate, no matter which side of the transaction you're on.
Read on for more reasons to utilize the services of an agent.As a seller, your agent can provide avenues for marketing your home that are unavailable to you when you try to sell the house independently. Before you even put the house on the market, a broker will help you to make your house as appealing as possible, with suggestions that can improve the curb appeal as well as the interior. An agent can utilize the resources at his or her command and make your house seen in many venues. Agents have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which is a database listing new homes for sale. Buyer agents as well as new home buyers frequent the site, and it can increase traffic toward your home. An agent can also provide photos and details of your home to the magazines or newspapers that specialize in homes for sale. This, too, can improve your odds of finding the buyer for you. When the offers start to roll in, your broker can help you determine which one is the best for you, and can facilitate the negotiations with the buyer's real estate agent. Your broker can also take care of all the paperwork that ensues, as well as arranging the appraisals and inspections that go along with the end of the sale process.
As a buyer, your REALTOR® is your best advocate. Seek out a buyer's agent who is experienced in searching for homes in your area, thus expediting your search. A good real estate agent will patiently listen to you as you discuss the features that are important to you in a home, and determine your price range. Once you've determined what features are nonnegotiable, your agent can make provide an array of listings reflecting your needs, narrowing it down from the hundreds of listings available to you. Your agent can also help you to put financing into place, so that when you do find the home of your dreams, you can make an offer with confidence. When the time comes to close on your new home, your REALTOR® can facilitate your paperwork, and ensure that you are getting the best price possible for the home you want. The time and effort that the REALTOR® puts forth is worth the price of commission, if not more!
In short, no matter where you are on the real estate spectrum, a REALTOR® IS a necessity. An agent can ensure that you pay a fair price for the house you purchase, or an agent can help you get the best price possible in a less-than-appealing market when it's time to sell your home.
*Originally written by Bruce Swedal and published by DenverHomeValues.org