You Really Do Need A Realtor

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It has been said and I agree that despite advertising claims to the contrary, the internet is not a substitute for an experienced Real Estate Professional. It cannot consult, counsel, advise, have knowledge of local laws and market conditions, make judgments, or most importantly, understand your individual goals, needs and care about you as a Client. You need an accurate interpretation of any information you are receiving online. This is where a Professional Real Estate Consultant, a Realtor® can make a positive difference in your Real Estate transaction.

Please understand that I am grateful for the internet. Just check out my Burrows Properties website and you will see that I truly believe in the internet and that it has its rightful place in Real Estate! You must remember though, buying a home is a very complicated and in-depth process. There are numerous people and businesses involved from start to finish. For example, you will be viewing and sorting through many available properties while finally having to finally choose just one. You will have the responsibility of choosing the right mortgage company and loan officer, someone who is trustworthy. In mortgage, you need someone who will consider your wellbeing as being more important than theirs. You will probably build into your offer a contingency for a home inspection and that means finding a qualified, trusted individual/company to perform this inspection. You will need an inspector that is up to date with radon and mold. If the home you choose is in a community where there are Condo or Association documents, you will need professional guidance. A failure on your part to acquire guidance could mean an unpleasant surprise or two once you've moved into the community. Of course at this point, you've bought the house and you will live with what you don't feel is fair or proper.

By now you can see, there are many, many steps involved for even the most self-sufficient person when choosing the right property to purchase. With proper use of the powerful tool we call the internet and a seasoned Real Estate Professional on your side you are much more assured of having a successful Real Estate transaction.

Again, the internet is a great tool but should never be the only tool utilized in a Real Estate transaction. You really do need both, the internet and an experienced Realtor®.

David L. Burrows, Realtor®
Envirian of Warrenton
Warrenton, Virginia  20186
Phone: 703.391.9200   x9119
Burrows Properties

A Burrows' Thought worth considering:
Buying a house involves commitment to the task before you. My definition of commitment is translated inconvenience. Expect the unexpected after you have a contract. Something always develops that you didn't expect to happen. When it does, remain calm and absolutely resolved to see everything through to the end. By the way, this is when you lean on your Realtor.

Interested in Some Great Reading on selling your home? Take a look at these articles on my website: Selling Your Home: Where do you begin?

Seller Guidance:
I would encourage you to employ a Realtor®® to help you sell your home. When your agent or another agent is showing your house, go away and let them do your work for you. I also urge you to utilize my FREE SELLERS TOOLKIT before selling your house.

Buyer Guidance: I would encourage you to really check out anything and everything you are told by a well meaning seller. Employ the services of a Buyer's Agent to help you discern what you read and listen to about the area you are thinking of calling home. I would also urge you to get my FREE BUYERS TOOLKIT before heading out on the journey to find your new house.

Try this powerful link to help you find your next home: Fairfax Homes For Sale  
The search engine on my site will allow you to find a house by Mapping, County, Subdivision, Zip Code, Address or City. I encourage you to try the Fairfax MLS and in fact, search the entire Northern VA Real Estate area

Northern Virginia Information - Here you will find answers to your questions about schools, auto registration, taxes, things to do this weekend, popular destinations. It only takes a moment to look and it is free with no registration required!

Click on the following link for your Complimentary eCalendar & Daily Planner. This is a Free Gift from David. There is absolutely NO sign-up, registration, tricks, or gimmicks. It really is free for you to enjoy! This is a great tool for keeping track of your schedule for all of your Real Estate needs. There is NO obligation.

Visit Northern Virginia MLS Home Search, my other Website. There you will find Northern VA Homes For Sale and Northern VA Real Estate.

This blog may contain links to other Web sites operated by third parties. These links are provided as a convenience to access the information contained therein. David Burrows and Envirian of Warrenton have not reviewed all of the information on other sites and disclaim any responsibility for the content of any other sites or the products or services that may be offered on or through those sites. Inclusion of a link to another site does not indicate any endorsement or approval of the site or its content.

David Burrows and Envirian of Warrenton disclaim liability for any damages or losses, direct or indirect, that may result from use of or reliance on information contained in this blog.


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Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

I agree  the internet is no subsitute it's a great place to start and browse but it doesnt offer all the knowledge and expertise in handling a transaction.

Jul 16, 2008 01:51 AM #1
Stephen Graham
Inactive - Atlanta, GA

One can research the buying process to a great extent and still come up short; only experience through multiple transactions allows one to navigate the waters to avoid pitfalls.

Jul 16, 2008 02:03 AM #2
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

The Internet proves daily to be an invaluable tool for buyers.  Trained professionals are able to sort sort and intepret information found on the Web for Buyers.  I often give potential Buyers a list of "What would you do if..." questions. It helps them determine the value of using a Realtor.

Jul 16, 2008 02:06 AM #3
Justin & Katie Keisler
Realty Executives of Hickory - Hickory, NC

The internet is great - but it cannot replace a Realtor! It is, however, an excellent "starting place" for new buyers looking to begin their search for a home - or even for a REALTOR!

The internet allows buyers and sellers to find us Realtors on this lovely website, ActiveRain!

Jul 16, 2008 02:13 AM #4
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Nice post. A Realtor is a key cog in the real estate wheel.

Jul 16, 2008 02:15 AM #5
David Monsour
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Gettysburg, PA

Lets see the internet deal with home inspection problems, delays in financing, questions about easements ect.  I love the Internet but we are a valuable resource and cannot be replaced by a machine just yet.

Jul 16, 2008 02:18 AM #6
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