Monday, April 14, 2014

Benefits of Hiring a Seasoned Real Estate Agent

Benefits of Hiring a Seasoned Real Estate Agent

Whether you are buying a home or selling a property, you want to get the best deal possible. In order to achieve that, you’ll need the right real estate agent for the job. Every agent and broker has their own strengths and weaknesses and serves different purposes. Some specialize in relocation; others are dedicated to a specific development, while others focus on specialized properties, such as waterfront homes or vacation rental properties.

Whatever the case, you want to maximize your return on your investment or get the best deal to save enough to personalize the space when you move in. To that end, you’ll want someone to help you through the process of buying or selling and a good agent can do just that.

Why using a Real Estate Agent is a Must

You’ve likely heard the phrase, “you don’t know what you don’t know”. Practically nowhere else is this more true because this is the largest purchase or sale you’ll make in your life. If you think it comes down to simply putting out a yard sign and taking out a newspaper ad or just finding a few properties in your price range online, you’ve got another think coming.

There’s far more to buying or selling a home than the obvious. Identifying homes you like and going to see them is just the first step. Determining an asking price is also the first step of many. It’s the process where most people get tripped up and sometimes, kill an otherwise viable deal.

Benefits of Hiring a Seasoned Real Estate Agent

Here are some of the most advantageous reasons to have a real estate agent working for you, whether you are buying or selling a home:

      Wide, easy access and more convenience. The truth is, if you’re buying or selling, doing it on your own can easily become a full time job (read: obsession). A real estate professional will shoulder more than the brunt of the work, lessening the stress involved for buyers and sellers.
      Negotiating based on facts, not emotion. It’s a fact that buyers and sellers let emotion take over during the process and only bad things can happen thereafter. Having a professional on your side avoids such predicaments.
      Handling purchase offers and sales contracts. These documents are complicated, there’s no arguing that fact. Since so much money is at stake, it’s best to have an experienced eye on these to avoid financial harm.
      Licensing is a precious commodity. If you’re buying directly from an owner, you might not be getting the whole truth. Agents and brokers are licensed and that is their career, which is to say their life.
      Saving money can be tricky. FSBO situations have misguided individuals on both sides of the deal. The seller thinks they’ll save money by not paying a commission and the buyer will try to use it as leverage to get a lower price.

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