8 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR

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May

8 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR

8 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR

 

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, you’ve probably considered doing it yourself.  Why get a REALTOR® involved, right?  After all, you’ve probably already bought or sold a house before.  Like most people,  you think that doing it yourself would probably save a few bucks.

 

Maybe yes, maybe not…  I’m all for self-reliance, but some things are just better left to the professionals.  I could do my own taxes, but I may miss something really important that could either cost me more money or land me in jail.  I hire a professional for this.  Also, I know how cars work and could probably buy a book and do my own repairs, but cars have gotten really complicated over the years.  I rely on skilled professionals to take care of my repairs.  I don’t mind paying someone to do it correctly – I know it will save me time and money over the long run.

 

With that in mind, here are eight reasons why you should work with a REALTOR®:

  1. Buying and selling a home typically requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multipage settlement statements.  Some of these are required by law when transferring property.  A knowledgeable expert will help you navigate a complicated process.
  2. REALTORS® can provide local community information on zoning, municipal requirements, utilities, and more. A professional will be able to help you answer important questions like “Will this property provide the environment I want for a home or investment?” or “Will the property have resale value when I’m ready to sell?”  A REALTOR® will be able to provide information and opinions.
  3. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market.  A REALTOR® will be able to search the Multiple Listing Service to find the best property for your needs.
  4. There are many negotiating factors in a transaction such as price, terms, date of possession, financing, repairs, inclusions, etc.  A REALTOR® can provide experienced negotiating skills and advise on recommended and required investigations and inspections.
  5. Real estate doesn’t sell on advertising alone.  In fact, a large share of real estate sales come as a result of a REALTOR®’s contact with previous clients, referrals, friends and family.  When a property is marketed with the help of a REALTOR®, you don’t have to allow strangers in your home.  Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
  6. If you don’t know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why it’s important to work with someone immersed in the industry and knows the real estate language.
  7. Most people only buy and sell a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years between each purchase.  Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS®, on the other hand, handle hundreds of real estate transactions over the course of their career. Having an experienced expert on your side is critical.
  8. Buying a home can be an emotional undertaking. For most people, a home is the biggest purchase they will ever make.  Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on both the emotional and financial issues most important to you.

 

Finally, not all real estate agents are REALTORS®.  The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict code of ethics.

 

 

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