With so many online real estate resources available today, it’s tempting to think you can buy or sell a home without the help of a professional. But there are lots of great reasons you should use a real estate agent. Here are our Top 10:
Market Knowledge — Savvy agents stay up-to-date on everything that’s happening in their local real estate market.
Objectivity — Real estate transactions are inherently emotional; an agent can help you keep things in perspective.
Negotiating Skills — Having someone negotiate on your behalf is priceless. Look for an agent who has the CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert) designation for even more skill.
Inside Information — Agents are often ahead of the MLS when it comes to new listings.
Emotional Support — Who can you call at 3 AM because you’re just not sure about the color of that bathroom tile? Your agent, of course!
Trusted Partner Network — Agents spend a lot of time building up networks of trustworthy service providers.
Professional Marketing — When it comes to listings, image is everything. An agent has access to the pros to make your house look amazing online (and IRL).
Guidance with Inspections — An agent will negotiate the most crucial fixes to help ensure a deal doesn’t get derailed by the property inspection.
Ethical Treatment — All REALTORS® must follow a strict code of ethics designed to protect their clients.
Support at Closing — Your agent will be your partner throughout the process and help you understand everything that happens at the closing (and probably take you out to celebrate after!).