Can you buy or sell an Atlanta home on your own?
Think you could buy or sell an Atlanta home on your own, without the benefit of a professional real estate agent? Well, you might be right… or not.
If everyone is to walk away from the closing table with a smile, a real estate sale must be handled with skill from start to finish. A few years ago, the home selling and buying process was a lot more mysterious and proprietary than it is today. Agents were not only sought out for their lock box keys, but for their insider knowledge of the market and available properties.
But today all of that has changed. Finding an Atlanta house to buy or putting one on the market for sale is no longer the mystery it was back then. The internet changed all that. Now, most of us has a computer with online access at homeand via our phones. Anyone can find homes for sale in their area just by going online and spending time on an Atlanta home search website. And likewise, there are plenty of web sites available for independent sellers to post their properties online.
With information of every kind freely available to professionals and consumers alike, today’s buyers and sellers can do the research and stand on equal footing with agents with respect to access and marketing of Atlanta homes for sale. That initial gap between lay person and professional has closed.
But in the bigger picture, there's a huge gap between buyer and seller finding each other, and actually doing all of the follow-up steps that lead to getting the deal done. These are the areas where your real estate pro will prove invaluable. Real estate professionals know that locating properties that fit a buyer’s bill or marketing a home for a seller are just the beginning of a successful transaction.
My honest advice? Don’t take chances with one of the biggest transactions on your life. Agents who have intimate knowledge of current market trends, current real estate law, and the neighborhood or niche your property falls in will remain invaluable as consultants, trusted advisors, and expert guides.
Today’s real estate transaction is still best entered into with a professional on your side.