Buying and selling homes is difficult. Trying to navigate the process alone is risky. Too often, people try to act as their own real estate professional, but in the end, find it was not worth the risk. Here's why:
Realtors® can provide pricing information that is otherwise difficult and confusing to find with a simple internet search.
Working with a real estate professional adds a level of diplomacy to what can be an emotional experience. When you get into the negotiating process, emotions can run high. Words can be exchanged and decisions made that may later be regretted. Realtors® serve as the go-between communicator, who can stay cool and level-headed.
Real estate professionals are time savers. While you're at work, they are expediting your home-buying process.
They are paperwork masters. When it comes to closing, contracts and titles, Realtors® can keep the process moving on time and spot problems if they arise.
Real estate professionals dramatically increase the exposure of your home. Listing with a Realtor®means your property will appear on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), putting it on the radar of other real estate agents with clients looking for a home.
Real estate agents use their connections. They operate in a network of agents and have marketing plans that will help draw attention to your home.
Highlighting its best features, Realtors® show potential buyers through your home, so you do not have to be present. This adds a layer of security and takes the pressure off the homeowner to be the salesperson.
Finally, Realtors® bring negotiating skills that most homeowners do not have. They are contractually obligated to work in your best interest, so getting the best deal for you is at the top of their priority list.