The Advantages of Hiring a Real Estate Agent
We live in the time of do-it-yourself projects. The internet has given us a seemingly boundless reservoir of information, which makes it easier than ever to search for what we need to know to conduct just about everything all by ourselves. Because of this, when it comes time to buying or selling homes, most people ask themselves if engaging the services of a real estate agent is really worth it. A simple search online is sure to inundate you with tips that say otherwise. Nevertheless, the process of buying or selling a home is generally something that should not be dealt with alone. Here are some of the benefits of hiring a real estate agent.
Network of Professionals
Real estate agents have connections with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to hire yourself (e.g. electricians, general contractors, plumbers). Inasmuch as legal liability is a thing, many agents will be unwilling to recommend a certain person or company over another, but they have some knowledge about which service providers have a reputation for efficiency, competency and competitive pricing. They can, however, offer you you a list of references of service provides with whom they have worked and provide background information to help you make a good decision.
Cost is certainly a deal maker or deal breaker when it comes to enlisting the services of a real estate agent to help you sell or buy a home. Nevertheless, if you elect to forgo hiring a real estate agent solely just to save a dollar now, you may not be able to gain as much in the long-term when it comes to delivering the results you originally expected. Remember that it is about value, not cost. Selling a property may turn into a very complex and specialized process. It is not for the sellers that are easily scared!
Fight to Get the Best Price
Ask the candidates which homes they have sold in your neighborhood, how they will market your home, how much they charge, and how quickly their last 5 to 10 listings sold. Look up customer reviews. Do not trust agents who will lock you in for 6 months with a listing contract. More importantly, choose an agent who will fight to get the deal that’s best for you, not the one that’s easiest for her.
Increase your Home’s Resale Value
More than just showing a clean home, there are many improvements that can be added to a property that will increase its resale value. A reliable real estate agent can give you suggestions regarding this.