IIn this day and age, access to thousands of homes is now just an arm’s length away...on the Web, that is.
With sites like Zillow and Trulia available in your own home and even on the go via mobile, you might find yourself wondering, “who needs a Realtor when there’s an app for that?!”
Selling a home requires a great deal of research, time, and effort. Hiring a real estate professional ensures the process will be smooth, streamlined and accurate - and will ensure get you top dollar. According to housing industry experts at HomeGain.com and REALTOR.org, more homes listed by real estate agents are sold than homes marketed by owners AND, they are sold much quicker and for more money.
So before you and your smart phone fly solo into the real estate sunset, consider these key contributions that a Realtor offers, and why passing them up could be more costly to you than a commission in the long run:
- They are trained and licensed professionals.
- They have experience in your neighborhood and your market.
- They have oversight from brokers and state licensing officials.
- Their job is to advise you the best way to reach your goals.
- Their continuing education keeps them up-to-date on housing issues.
- They know how and where to market properties.
- They know how to overcome typical snags that occur.
- They understand state-required disclosures and look out for your best interests.
- They know the best resources to make transactions go more smoothly, from bankers to home stagers to contractors.
- They have the most accurate data sources – the MLS, the only data repository that has the most up to- date listing and sales information.
- They know how to negotiate.
- Their job is making real estate transactions successful.
One of the main reasons to use a Realtor is to REDUCE YOUR RISK. The world has become more and more litigious and the real estate transaction has become more and more complicated over the years. The depth of knowledge and attention to legal details needed to properly negotiate an offer and see a contract through the due diligence of the escrow period is quite staggering.