Buying or selling a home is no easy task for anyone that doesn’t make it their life’s work to understand the nuances of the housing market on a daily basis. Sure, some home owners are able to get lucky and sell their homes for market value during the summer (biggest selling season all year), but often times homes sit on the market for far too long and sellers end up accepting less than market value for their property or buyers end up paying too much. This is heartbreaking to watch knowing that the sellers put a lot of hard work into selling their home only to get less than what the market suggests they should get and buyers are getting ripped off. And we know how hard selling and buying a home can be. This is why we recommend that anyone looking to go through the buying or selling process seek professional help for their real estate needs. Here are 5 reasons you should hire a real estate professional: Paperwork No one loves paperwork. A real estate professional can help you with all disclosures and paperwork necessary in today’s heavily regulated environment (and there certainly is a lot of paperwork). Not only will your real estate professional help you with all of the major paperwork involved they will also be there to educate you on what exactly you are signing.
Experience and Education Real estate professionals take the job very seriously and are very passionate about real estate and the housing market. When you are in this type of industry you can only stay ahead of the game by being well-versed in the sales process. Their wisdom will come in handy during every step of the process. Negotiator Your agent will act as an excellent buffer in negotiations with all parties throughout the entire process from looking at the home to the final transaction. If you aren’t an expert negotiator (and most people aren’t) then having someone on your side who negotiates for a living is the smartest decision you could make. Besides, do you know how many people you have to negotiate with from beginning to end? More than 30. Understanding A real estate professional understands many things, not the least of which is today’s real estate values when setting the price on a listing or on an offer to purchase. This is the one place that real estate agents feel most comfortable and that is putting their understanding of the current market to good use. Explanation They simply and effectively explain today’s real estate headlines and decipher what they mean to you personally. The first job of any good agent is to educate their client(s) so that they understand what they are getting in to. You see, you can be successful if you decide to look for houses on your own or attempt to sell your home by yourself. But, you won’t be as successful with as much ease as when you have a professional in your corner looking out for your best interests. Need to buy a home? Find a real estate professional. Need to sell your home? Find a real estate professional. Want to make a million dollars? Well, go out and be successful, but then find a real estate professional.