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I can find homes on the internet, so why do I need an agent?
“I can find homes on the internet, so why do I need an agent?” In our ever more-connected world, this question probably runs through the mind of many, if not most, people when they begin the search for their new home. While it is true that you may well be able to find your perfect home on-line, hiring a real estate professional to assist with the entire transaction will almost certainly make life easier and a whole lot less stressful for you. Why? Well, there are several reasons.
First, buying a home is much more complicated than just finding a house and buying it. (If you have ever purchased a home, you already know this!) There are lenders, home inspectors, appraisers, insurance brokers, title companies, property or condo owners associations, and possibly other entities involved, not to mention the sellers and the pieces associated with them. A person may buy and/or sell a home once every 5 to 7 years or so. Compare this to a real estate agent who may be involved in 20 or more sales every year. Who will be better prepared to recognize and address the myriad issues that may arise? The agent will coach you throughout the ... more
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