Many people wonder whether they should hire a real estate professional to assist them in buying a home or if they should first try to go it on their own. In today’s market: you need an experienced professional!
You Need an Expert Guide if you are Traveling a Dangerous Path
The field of Real Estate is loaded with land mines. You need a true expert to guide you through the dangerous pitfalls that currently exist. Finding a home that is priced appropriately and ready for you to move in to can be tricky. An agent listens to your wants and needs, and can sift out the homes that do not fit within the parameters of your “dream home”.
A great agent will also have relationships with mortgage professionals and other experts that you will need in buying a home that you have been dreaming of.
You Need a Skilled Negotiator
In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer, to the possible renegotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.
Realize that when an agent is negotiating their commission with you, they are negotiating their own salary; the salary that keeps a roof over their family’s head; the salary that puts food on their family’s table. If they are quick to take less when negotiating for themselves and their families, what makes you think they will not act the same way when negotiating for you and your family? If they were Clark Kent when negotiating with you, they will not turn into Superman when negotiating with the buyer or seller in your deal.
Famous sayings become famous because they are true. You get what you pay for. Just like a good accountant or a good attorney, a good agent will save you money…not cost you money.
Working with an agent is like working with an accountant. They know the field, and the pros and pitfalls of a decision. Not only are they savvy with the purchase contract, which can keep you out of legal trouble, but they have connections to contractors, handymen, etc, that can save you time and the headache of finding them on your own. At the end of the day, buying a home is going to be one of your largest purchases of your life, so why pay more then you have to? Working with a real estate agent who can get guide you through the offer process (and also win you the home, in a sometimes 10-20 offer situation), can save you more time and money then need be. Sometimes more important then the highest price, an experienced agent can help you buy a home, with using their contract knowledge, to impress sellers, by using terms to better your offer. The best part…..most Buyer’s agents fees are paid for by the seller, so why not use that to your advantage?