With the Internet becoming such a big resource, consumers often feel that they don't need the expertise of a real estate agent. However, there is a reason why 80% of buyers and seller still turn to estate agents when buying or selling a house – in fact, here are 10 reasons why you should consider using a real estate agent:
1. You Can Benefit From an Agent's Experience and Education
Real estate agents know the market, was trained to assist clients in selling and buying homes and know the procedures you need to follow. You will be a fool not to use their expertise.
2. An Agent Has Good Negotiating Skills
Negotiating is part of an agent's job description and they know how to make a case for their clients. There skills ensure that you, the client, get the best deal.
3. An Agent Can Handle All the Paperwork
The endless paper work can be time-consuming not to mention daunting. Agents are trained to handle all paper work and assist you throughout the process. They also know the legal aspects of a contract. This saves you a lot of time to concentrate on the more important things.
4. An Agent Can Assist You With Price Guidance
Agents have knowledge of the market and will help you establish how much home you can afford as well as how much to sell you property for. Here you can once again trust their experience to guide you when making a decision.
5. An Agent Has Knowledge of the Neighborhood
Agents can answer all your questions regarding the neighborhood you want to buy in, the quality of the schools, the noise levels, traffic etc. They also know the prices that homes in the area sell for.
6. Advertising a Property is Expensive
If you decide on a DIY sale, be prepared to cover the advertising cost. When you work with an agent you are not only relying on their name to advertise your property but you are also using all their resources including For Sale / On Show banners and listings in newspapers and on the Internet.
7. Agents Sell Homes Faster
It has been proven that when you use an agent you will sell you home faster – and we all know that time is money in this industry.
8. An Agent Has an Objective Opinion
Having an agent around when you view a property means that you will always have an objective opinion. Agents see things differently and can help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of a property. They also know exactly what to look for.
9. An Agent Can Make Recommendations
Agents know the best lenders, home inspectors and other references that you might need when you buy or sell a house.
10. An Agent Has Access to Additional Information
Agents have loads of information like how long a property has been on the market, the neighborhood and school system, the home's best features etc. This can come in handy when you have difficulty choosing between different properties.
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Source by Elizabeth Mclachlan