A Placentia Yorba Linda Real Estate Agent's Top 5 Reasons to Use a Realtor:
I was noticing from talking to my clients that people don't like to sit around when they're ready to buy a home....they are actively looking online themselves.
The problems with this is that you have people looking on Zillow.com and Realtor.com and Redfin.com and finding homes that are often already off the market, in escrow, or sold. Also, these websites do not let the consumer exclude or include features or special conditions (e.g. "short sales"). So, I will often get emails from my clients with MLS #'s saying they would like to see these homes. Don't get me wrong, Zillow.com and Realtor.com can be good sources of information. However, when it comes to finding homes that are currently on the market, these websites are not always the most up-to-date and reliable. The price of the home may be different now, or, as mentioned, the home is already sold.
So, reasons to use a Realtor to help you find a home?
#1 They have access to the world's most powerful home-searching tool -- the MLS. "Oh, but Nic, I'm searching the MLS through a Realtor's website or through Redfin or Zillow," one may say. Yes, but the MLS on these sites does not allow you to eliminate certain features or add certain features that can streamline your search and save you hours or even days of looking, spinning your wheels and wasting time.
#2 Private Remarks. Real estate agents are privy to what are called "Agent Private Remarks" when they pull up a property profile off the MLS. Real estate agents will give out insider info on a property or sometimes sensitive information that the public is not aware of which could be extremely valuable. For example, the private remarks could read that the home is not available to show until June 1st, which would save someone from driving to the property and spinning their wheels when the home really isn't even able to be shown.
#3 Market Knowledge. This is one of the main reasons people hire a professional. They want someone who knows the market, who knows the area, who knows what homes are really selling for in a given area. This kind of knowledge is invaluable when it comes to putting an offer on a home. The agent can run "comps," or comparables of all recent sold homes in the neighborhood area to find what a home should REALLY sell for.
#4 Negotiations. Buying and selling a home is not a cut-and-dry venture. The price of a home is rarely fixed and it is up to the skilled communicator and negotiator to hammer out a deal for their client. Most people would rather have a professional handle this on their behalf.
#5 Peace of Mind. What would you pay for peace of mind knowing that your Realtor has the situation under control. Your Realtor is handling the paperwork, checking the deadlines, protecting you from potential legal pitfalls or problems with the property. If you have someone strong and reliable in your court, you can rest your head at night knowing that it's all going to work out.
Contact Nic Petrossi for a market evaluation of your home's value and to put your home on the market.
Nic Petrossi specializes in Yorba Linda Homes, Placentia Homes, Brea Homes, Fullerton Homes, Anaheim Hills Homes and all of Northeast Orange County.
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