With lots of information available online, along with plenty of advertising channels, it only makes sense for people to wonder whether they can buy or sell their homes without the help of a real estate agent. The truth is, while some do fine on their own, a majority don’t.
If you are stuck in that dilemma, here are reasons why you might want to consider bringing in a real estate agent:
Knowledge of the neighborhood
Agents know where to find affluent suburbs and townhouse to simple apartments and maisonettes and everything in between. All you need to do is specify what it is you want, and they will point you in the right direction. Top Delaware Valley agents like those from Gloria Nilson Real Estate, have intimate knowledge of the area and can identify comparable sales and give you hard facts. They will also provide you with data on demographics, crime, schools, malls, roads, and any other critical information.
Training and experience
Real estate agents go through rigorous training before they can get their certification. The best ones in the game have years of experience helping clients like you sell or buy properties. But unlike you, they deal with real estate matters on a day to day basis. They have what it takes to get you the kind of results you were hoping for. A good agent will save you lots of time and energy that you would otherwise use trying to learn everything as well as the disappointment of having gotten something wrong.
Narrow down the options for you
Real estate agents cut out the noise from your property visits and showings. If you are searching for a home with precise specifications, the agent will match you with properties that suit your needs. No more driving around Delaware, hoping to find something that clicks with your preferences. Let’s just say the agents remove the headache from the process.
Offer price guidance
Since you do not buy or sell houses daily, it would be hard to know what’s too low and what’s too high. Your agent will act your guide to help you make the right decision. Unlike what many people believe, agents don’t choose prices for buyers or sellers, but only help them make the right choice.
Information on market conditions
These agents can inform you of the market conditions, which will guide your buying or selling process. A range of aspects determines how you’ll proceed. Information like the average cost per square foot of similar properties, average and median sales prices, ratios of lost-to-sold prices and average days, etc., will significantly influence your decision.
Real estate agents interact with builders, contractors, electricians, plumbers and different other professionals in the industry and can recommend the best one for you because they know who has a reputation for competency, efficient and competitive pricing.
Handle volumes of paperwork
Purchase agreements have 10+ papers, and that’s not inclusive of state- and federal-mandated disclosures. A single omission or mistake on these files can cost you thousands or even land you in court, which is why professional help is critical.