We live in the internet age and it is easier than ever before to locate your next home on-line. Sometimes, this can cause us to think that we don't need the help of an agent. But, this line of thinking could cost you time and money.
What is it that a real estate agent does and why do you need one when you begin the search for your new home?
Some people think that an agent just searches for houses and then lets you in to see them, however a great agent does sooooo much more.
Were you aware that your agent actually represents your best interest during the home buying or selling process? A great agent will spend time with you prior to your home search to find out exactly what your needs are. A great agent will ask about your financial situation and develop a strategy to make sure you get the home you want in the price range that you need. Most agents are backed by a group of other experts that help you navigate through title work, financing and closings...not to mention offers and counter-offers. Your agent may spend a couple of hours driving you to different homes, helping you see the value of each property, but the work is not done when he/she drops you off afterwards.
How will you know if the seller is asking too much or too little for the property?
Did you know that market values can vary widely from neighborhood to neighborhood?
How will you know what type of home loan fits for your current financial situation and for the types of properties that you are interested in?
It can be costly when you decide not to choose an agent to represent your interests in buying a home. There are many steps in the process and a good agent will be an invaluable tool for helping you save both money and time, as well as avoid pitfalls when purchasing your new home.
If you have been searching the internet alone for your next home, please consider giving your local real estate agent a call. Make your home buying experience as easy and uncomplicated as possible. Call your local agent and schedule an appointment today!