Why use a Realtor to buy a home?

Did you know that approximately 89% of sellers use a real estate agent?1 If you are without you are a tactical disadvantage. You lose your edge. If you arm yourself with your own Realtor, you have someone looking out for your interests first and foremost.

Finding the right home that fit your wants and needs can be time consuming, almost like another job. While you can certainly search online to find your dream home, a Realtor has much more information and a keener search engine at his/her fingertips. That can lessen the time searching and help you hone in on your future home much faster. Not only can you search more quickly, a Realtor can more easily identify the overpriced and underpriced homes, the ones to pay attention to and the ones not to waste your time on.

Once you find the home you desire, a Realtor can help you craft an attractive offer. Some think that price is the only thing that needs to be negotiated, not so. While assessing price probably the most important aspect to writing an offer, there is a lot more to it. Timelines for inspections, appraisals, repairs, financing, closing costs, and other contingencies unique to your deal are also negotiated. Do you have a home to sell before you purchase this home? Realtors have danced this dance many times and are able to schedule it out to help make certain nothing falls through the cracks, leaving your earnest money in jeopardy. If done alone and you have one missed step, you could end up…well… homeless.

Once you get your property under-contract, the work is only half finished, now comes the paperwork and a lot of it. Realtors’ breath, sleep, and eat contracts; and the really good ones know contracts like the back of their hand. This tool is invaluable to you. The odds of missing an initial, signature, checkbox, or date reduces substantially when you use a Realtor.

Not to mention experience. The experience your Realtor has speaks volumes of his/her success. There are so many in’s and out’s and strategies that your Realtor has perfected over the course of his/her career. The best part of it is that all the experience and knowledge is now available to you, for your benefit and your success. Set yourself up to succeed by using a Realtor.

Buying your home, whether it’s your first or fifth, shouldn’t be taken lightly, as it affects both your bank and your emotions. Make certain you make strong decisions, hire a Realtor. Find out how my vast experience and education can be of value to you.

(1) http://www.realtor.org/field-guides/field-guide-to-quick-real-estate-statistics