For most people, purchasing a home is the single largest investment they will make in their lives. How will you approach the most important financial decision that you might ever have to make?
A labyrinth of obscure rules, regulations, and unscrupulous sellers looking to make a quick buck await you entering today’s property market. Every year, the lure of a fast, profitable deal without professional assistance leaves many prospective home owners disappointed, paying out of pocket and having wasted countless hours.
The services of an experienced real estate professional can help you navigate your way through the maze.
You need an expert guide when traveling a dangerous path. Think of a real estate agent as a Sherpa guide helping you up Mount Everest. Even expert climbers who spend months training for this epic adventure defer to the skill and local knowledge of this particular group of people.
Just as Sherpas have intimate knowledge of the mountain, a professional agent will have a wealth of knowledge rooted in past experience and training to help guide you through any challenge you might face.
You should familiarize yourself with the locality in which you intend to buy a home and the price cycles that occur within it. In fact, it’s helpful for the real estate agent when a client knows the location and budget they want to work with because it significantly narrows and simplifies the search. However, it’s still not a substitute for the experience and instinct a professional real estate agent has to offer you. Just as the Sherpa knows where to tread, the realtor’s personal relationships within the industry can help to uncover hidden property gems.
It is not just about finding the right property, realtors are multi-skilled negotiators. Contrary to popular belief, purchasing a home involves several discrete steps that take both time and money.
A good agent won’t simply find you a house and leave … they will walk by your side every step of the way from the first look at your dream home to you signing the papers at closing … and beyond that even. At each of those steps, the personal relationships that they maintain with industry professionals can open up opportunities to help facilitate a smooth transaction.
The purchasing process generally starts off with an initial offer. The home owner allows an in-depth inspection of the property and an appraisal so the purchasing party is comfortable with the condition and valuation. You may make an adjusted offer if the inspection uncovers anything that might devalue the property, or even cancel the deal if the appraisal comes in low. During all these steps, your real estate agent will be working their hardest to ensure that you receive the very best deal possible.
The Bottom Line
Finding a property that is ideal for you is not a part-time job that can be effectively accomplished by reading listings in newspapers and online. Such an approach is simply not thorough enough.
Professional real estate agents produce the majority of those listings and the odds of you finding a property that satisfies all your criteria yourself are very narrow.
There is no need to compete with the professionals. Instead, allow them to work for you. It is probably the wisest first step you will take towards the home you have always dreamed of.
About the author: The above post “Why You Should Consider A Real Estate Agent” was provided by Kevin Guerrero of Keller Williams Clients’ Choice Realty. To find out more about Kevin and Keller Williams check out the ABOUT US page.
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