You may not realize it, but helping you find a great home is often a joint venture between your Realtor and a number of other professionals. In fact, it is through your Realtor’s willingness to work with other professionals that you can more quickly find a great place to live at a price you can afford.
Working Together in the Office
Although some Realtors work on their own, many have a few other people working in the office with them. Often, these offices will contain one broker and several real estate agents. The broker serves as the supervisor of the other agents, though they can all show you homes and help you close a deal with the buyer.
If you work with a Realtor that has other agents in the office, you will still spend most of your time working with just one agent. While that agent will serve as your main point of contact, you can rest assured that your agent will work with the other agent’s in the office in order to search through the available listings and find the perfect home for you.
Looking Beyond the Office
Since every home on the market is not listed with your Realtor, he or she will also look beyond the office in order to try to find the home you are searching for. By contacting other agents in the area, your Realtor can find out about other homes that are not being actively marketed. Although your Realtor will still be your point of contact, he or she will use this professional relationship to help expand upon the number of homes you have to choose from – and all at no extra cost to you.
Remember, it is your Realtor’s job to do the searching for you and to find the house that will best meet your needs. Therefore, doing this type of investigation and working cooperatively with other real estate agents is all a part of the job.
Working with Other Professionals
After working with other agents in order to find a great home that will suit your needs, your Realtor will work with other professionals in order to guarantee your home is perfect for you. For example, you Realtor can help you find a professional to conduct an inspection of your home. While you can obtain an inspector on your own, your agent can help recommend inspectors and point you in the direction of those that are available. By having your home inspected, you can make sure it is sound and that there are no problems that you will have to deal with down the road.
If there are issues with the home you are considering buying, your Realtor can help you to renegotiate a new price. In addition, he or she can help you find a contractor that can make the necessary repairs if you are still interested in moving forward with the purchase.
By working cooperatively with all of these professionals, you can be certain to find the home that is absolutely perfect for you!
Eric Bramlett is the broker & co-owner of One Source Realty in Austin, Texas. Eric currently manages his Austin Texas Real Estate website, his Austin real estate company's website, & his Steiner Ranch Realtor website.