Selecting an Agent
Selecting the right real estate agent to help you buy or sell your home is crucial to a smooth transaction. Ultimately, you can expect your agent to guide and assist you through this journey. Your agent will help you avoid pitfalls, and in the end, hand you the keys to your new home.
Working with an agent:
- Agents have a vast knowledge of the real estate market, including price trends, real estate law, zoning issues, financing, taxes, insurance, and negotiating. A good agent is also aware of the anxiety involved with a real estate transaction and is there to help alleviate it.
- During your initial meeting, an agent helps you determine your needs and wants in a home. The agent will help you learn how much home you can afford, assist in obtaining financing, and let you know what to expect as you shop for a home.
- A well-priced property is important for a quick sale with maximum net return. A real estate professional knows what properties like yours have sold for and whether the market is heating up or cooling down. Based on your home’s features, condition, and location an agent can tell you whether your home can bring in more or less than similar listings.
- Agents tour suitable properties with their clients and discuss countless details (including a home’s key selling points, floor plans, neighborhood crime rates, and proximity to schools, work, shopping, and entertainment).
- Selling a well-loved home can be an emotional event. An agent can help you stay focused, provide valuable feedback on changes or repairs, and act as a buffer during negotiations. Your agent is there to assist with any questions or concerns, or refer you to someone who can help.
- Selling a house is complicated and having an agent can help avoid delays and costly mistakes. There are disclosures, inspection reports, deeds, mortgage documents, and insurance policies. The agent is responsible for obtaining these documents and coordinating the dealings of your lender, attorney, and other professionals involved in your purchase. When it is time for the closing your agent will accompany you to complete the transaction.
Bottom Line: Agency Relationships Thrive on Communication, Loyalty, & Trust.