7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Consider Hiring A Professional

Posted by Kevin Lapp on Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 3:15pm.

7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Consider Hiring A Professional 

With so much information readily available online, people sometimes ask, "Why should we hire a real estate agent?" They wonder if they couldn't buy or sell a home through the Internet or regular marketing and advertising channels without representation, without a real estate agent. Some do OK; many don't. So if you've wondered the same thing, here are 7 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional real estate agent.

1. Education & Experience 

You don't need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional who does. Henry Ford once said that when you hire people who are smarter than you are, it proves you are smarter than they are. The trick is to find the right person. Why not hire a person with more education and experience than you? Purchasing or selling a home could be the largest asset of your life. When you have a tooth ache most don’t try to pull the tooth themselves, they hire a professional, as you should when considering purchasing or selling real estate.

2. We are Market Experts

Real estate agents can disclose market conditions, which will govern your selling or buying process. Many factors determine how you will proceed. Data such as the average per square foot cost of similar homes, median and average sales prices, average days on market and ratios of list-to-sold prices, among other criteria, will have a huge bearing on what you ultimately decide to do.

3. Neighborhood Knowledge

Agents have intimate knowledge or they know where to find the industry buzz about your neighborhood. They can identify comparable sales and share these facts to you, in addition to pointing you in the direction where you can find more data on schools, crime or demographics. For example, you may know that a home down the street was on the market for $350,000, but an agent will know it had upgrades and sold at $285,000 after 65 days on the market. 

4. Price Guidance 

Contrary to what some people believe, agents do not select prices for sellers or buyers. Selling agents will work with buyers to weigh all the data supplied to them, the client can then make an educated decision on price. Then based on market supply, demand and the conditions, the agent will devise a negotiation strategy.

5. Negotiating Skills & Confidentiality 

Top producing agents negotiate well because, unlike most buyers and sellers, they can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction and because they are skilled. It's part of their job description. Good agents are not messengers, delivering buyer's offers to sellers and vice versa. They are professionals who are trained to present their client's case in the best light and agree to hold client information confidential from competing interests.

6. Handler of Paperwork 

Today's purchase agreements run ten pages or more. Most real estate files average thicknesses from one to three inches of paper. One tiny mistake or omission could land you in court or cost you thousands. Real estate agents make sure this does not happen!

7. We Are There For You After Closing

The basis for an agent's success and continued career in real estate is happy clients. This gives agents strong incentives to make certain clients are pleased. It also means that an agent will be there for you when you are ready to pursue your next real estate goal! 

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