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Friday, August 12, 2016

4 reasons to work with a Realtor

By Aimee Lyons

Regardless of how many times you have purchased a home, the process can be stressful and intimidating. The jargon, the complexity of the documents, and the monetary risk are enough to make anyone nervous. Working with a knowledgeable and friendly Realtor can reduce much of your home-purchase anxiety. Here are a few reasons working with a realtor is worth your while:

Expertise

Realtors provide valuable expertise
Realtors have market know how most people do not
Realtors, particularly those who have been in the business a long time, are a wealth of information. Rather than turning to articles on the internet, you can pick up the phone and contact a reliable source when you have a question. They act as a kind of editor, watching out for any mistakes you might make in the process, saving you time, stress, and even money.

Furthermore, if you haven’t purchased a home in some time, Realtors will have more up-to-date information on how the market works. Laws may have changed, processes may have been altered, or any number of minor inconveniences may arise that an experienced realtor can help you navigate with ease.

Marketing

Realtors have greater access to the housing market, making the house hunting process easier. They can do the work of identifying which homes have the attributes your family needs while keeping your budget in mind. A Realtor will also have information on the area more readily available; information like crime rate, schools, utilities, and other considerations that should go into a home purchase. They may also have network connections that can aid in getting you a better deal or improve your odds of obtaining the home you want.

Contact

Keeping in touch with a good realtor can also mean you will have someone there when the time comes to sell your home. Selling a home without a realtor can be extremely time-consuming and tricky especially when navigating the legalities involved with the process. With a realtor’s help, your home will spend less time on the market, and you are more likely to come away with a better margin.

Negotiation  

Negotiating the selling price of a home is another difficult process to handle without the help of a seasoned Realtor. Not only have they been trained in this process, but they are far more likely to get the best deal in the least amount of time. Though you will have to pay a percentage to the realtor, it is likely you will either save money or break even.

Professionalism

Most buyers and sellers are represented by agents and will be wary of people who have opted out of representation. The overall appearance of professionalism can be key to making a sale or purchase. Buyers or sellers who see a trained Realtor handling the transaction are likely to be more comfortable trusting you to hold up your end of the process efficiently.

With a purchase like a house, it can be tempting to forgo the extra cost of hiring a Realtor. You may already feel like you’re spending enough money and believe you can learn what you need to know about the real estate market from research. While that may be true, you are more likely to have a shorter and more successful experience when you align yourself with a real estate agent. With their experience and training, you may find yourself paying less for a better experience. Find an agent you trust and let them do the work for you.


About the author: Aimee Lyons, a native to colorful Austin, Texas, is a creative Jack of All Trades. It makes sense that a young creator from a city like Austin would want to form a supportive community for other innovative minds. That is why Aimee started DIYDarlin.com, a place for artists, crafters, and the like to share ideas and inspiration. A painter and vintage stylist, her work is her life, and Aimee continues spread that same passion.

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