The Advantages of Hiring a Real Estate Agent
We live in the time of do-it-yourself projects. The internet has provided us with a seemingly unlimited pool of information, which makes it easier than ever to look for what we need to know to perform just about everything without any assistance. Because of this, when it comes time to buying or selling homes, most people ask themselves if engaging the services of a real estate agent is really worth it. A quick search online is sure to overwhelm you with tips that suggest otherwise. Nonetheless, the process of buying or selling a home is normally something that should not be handled alone. Here are some of the top reasons to engage the services of a real estate agent.
Connections with Other Professionals
Real estate agents have connections with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to hire yourself (e.g. electricians, general contractors, plumbers). In view of legal liability, many agents will be reluctant to recommend a specific person or company over another, but they have some experience with which service providers have a reputation for efficiency, competency and competitive pricing. They can, however, offer you you a list of references of service provides with whom they have worked and provide background information to help you make a good decision.
Cost is clearly a deal maker or deal breaker when it comes to hiring a real estate agent to help you sell or buy your home. Nonetheless, if you choose to forgo hiring a real estate agent solely to save a dollar now, you may not be able to benefit as much in the long-term when it comes to delivering the results you were aiming for. Remember that it is about value, not cost. Selling a property may turn into a very complex and specialized process. It is not for the faint-hearted sellers!
Fight to Get the Best Price
Ask prospective agents which homes they have sold in your community, how they will market your home, what they charge in fees, and how quickly their last 5 to 10 listings sold. Look up customer reviews. Be suspicious of agents who will lock you in for 6 months with a listing contract. More importantly, choose an agent who will fight to get the deal that’s best for you, not the one that’s easiest for her.
Increase your Home’s Resale Value
Along with displaying a clean home, there are many enhancements that can be added to a home that will increase its resale price. A good real estate agent can give you advice about this.