I answered a Q&A writer today. And it strikes me that folks making probably one of their biggest investment decisions do not use a professional Realtor. It just amazes me . For aches and pains you go to a doctor. For a car you go to a mechanic. If you are buying a used car for 2,000 bucks you say, "can I have my mechanic look at it?" But for a 200,000 home you go in blind. Then when things do not go exactly as planned I read your questions here on Active Rain . So I ask myself WHY ??? Let me try to dispel the myths that might prevent you from using a Realtor
1 A Realtor will cost me money. 99 percent of the time the Realtor is paid by the seller. So the professional services your get come at no charge.
2 There is a Realtor I am working with. The listing agent. Ok the listing agent works for .....ready... THE SELLER NOT YOU. A good Realtor will treat you honestly and fairly but will not negotiate a price down on your behalf nor will they do your due diligence. So many times I hear oooh you are not the listing agent I want to work with them. Wrong answer.
3 I will get money off the price if I do not use a Realtor. This is my favorite. I love people who think this when I am the listing agent. Why, because I make more. So please come to my listings without a Realtor.
4 I am working Directly with the builder. This is my second favorite. A builder juggles contracts, workers, and costs. A builder is a formidable force to deal with. They have to be to stay in business. The builders contract is written for who?.... Did you say the builder? then you are starting to get it. More than anything you need a good Realtor to work with you in these situations.
I am focusing on money issue here. Because I am thinking why wouldn't you use a Realtor. The only answer I can think of is, you think it will cost money. It doesn't . In fact when you talk to a Realtor you will soon learn that the valuable services a Realtor provides saves you money !!!! So listen. I do not want to answer your questions after the fact when you ask them. I want you to be informed and not have to come to this network in trouble. So PLEASE , PLEASE , PLEASE think. This is a major investment. use a professional. The price surely is right.