There are a ton of blogs, YouTube videos and even a few TV shows focused on the benefits of representing yourself in a real estate transaction. It is, of course, possible, to do it yourself. But you really shouldn’t. This could be the biggest financial decision of your life and you need a Realtor if you want to do it right.
- Realtors have tons of experience
Real estate has its own language. Acronyms and related jargon can really confuse a layperson. Your Realtor is trained to speak that language fluently.
Plus, buying or selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, disclosures and technical documents. Realtors have the expertise to help you prepare the best deal for you- while avoiding the pitfalls that lead to delays or other costly mistakes that can mess things up for you.
- They have amazing search powers
You can find almost anything these days on the internet. With real estate agents utilizing all of their tools- including posting their listings online, you can find listings any time you want. But Realtors have access to more listings than can be found online. Sometimes properties are available but are not actively advertised. A Realtor can help you find these hidden listings.
A good Realtor is going to know the search area much better than you ever could. The Realtor is equipped to know the ins and outs of every neighborhood in their area, so they can direct you to a home in your price range that you may not have considered.
- They have major negotiating skills
Any time you buy or sell a home, you are likely to deal with negotiations. As the housing market becomes more competitive, negotiations are likely to get more heated.
In some markets, you may face all-cash offers and bidding wars. Wouldn’t you feel better with a knowledgeable and professional negotiator on your side to secure the best deal for you?
It’s not only about how much money you end up spending or netting. A Realtor will help to draw up a purchase agreement that allows time for inspections, contingencies and anything else that’s essential to your particular needs.
- They have connections to everyone
Realtors may not know everything but they make it their mission to stay connected to just about anyone that can possibly help with the process of buying or selling a home. Mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home stagers, photographers, and interior designers- the list is massive- and they are all in your Realtors network. Put them to good use.
- They follow a strict code of ethics
Not all real estate agents are Realtors. A Realtor is a licensed real estate agent that belongs to the National Association of Realtors, the largest trade group in the country.
Realtors are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must follow a Code of Ethics.
- They can be your data analyst/therapist/parent- all rolled into one person
Realtors wear a lot of hats. Of course, they’re sales people, but they actually do a heck of a lot to earn their commission. They’re constantly driving around, checking out the posted listings for you. They spend their own money on marketing your home if you’re a seller. They’re always researching comps to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
And of course, they’re working all hours of the day and night. It doesn’t matter if you need some more information on a home or just need someone to talk to in order to feel better about the offer you just put in.
Ray Marquez understands that this is the biggest financial and in some cases, possibly the most emotional decision of your life. Guiding you through it isn’t a responsibility that he takes lightly.
If you’re in the market to buy or sell your home, or you just want some information from a reliable source, give Ray Marquez a call at 888-584-9427 ext. 119 or by email at Ray@RayMarquez.com. You can also visit his website at www.RayMarquez.com.