The Advantages of Hiring a Real Estate Agent
We live in the time of do-it-yourself projects. The internet has provided us with a seemingly limitless stock of information, which makes it easier than ever to find out what we need to know to do just about everything by ourselves. Because of this, when it comes time to buying or selling homes, most people ask themselves if engaging the services of a real estate agent is really worth it. A simple search online is sure to inundate you with tips that say otherwise. Nevertheless, the process of buying or selling a home is generally something that should not be dealt with alone. Below are some of the advantages of employing a real estate agent.
Network of Professionals
Real estate agents network with other professionals, many of whom offer services that you will need to find yourself (e.g. electricians, general contractors, plumbers). Because of legal liability, many agents will hesitate to recommend a particular person or company over another, but they have intensive knowledge about which service providers have a reputation for efficiency, competency and competitive pricing. They can, however, offer you you a list of references of service provides with whom they have worked and provide background information to help you make a good decision.
Cost is certainly a deal maker or deal breaker when it comes to enlisting the services of a real estate agent to help you sell or buy a home. Nonetheless, if you choose to forgo hiring a real estate agent solely to save a dollar now, you may not be able to benefit as much in the long-term when it comes to delivering the results you were aiming for. Remember that it is about value, not cost. Selling a property can turn out to be a very complex and specialized process. It is not for the faint-hearted sellers!
Fight for Your Interests
Ask prospective agents which homes they have sold in your community, how they will market your home, what they charge in fees, and how quickly their last 5 to 10 listings sold. Look up customer reviews. Do not trust agents who will lock you in for 6 months with a listing contract. Most especially, go with an agent who will fight to get the deal that’s ideal for you, not the one that’s easiest for her.
Increase your Home’s Resale Price
More than just showing a clean home, there are many improvements that can be added to a property that will increase its resale value. A good real estate agent can give you advice about this.