The temptation to save yourself the cost of hiring a real estate agent when selling your home can be overwhelming, and with more websites, books, and other resources popping up that claim to give you all the know-how and tools you’ll need to sell your home yourself, why should you consider hiring a REALTOR® at all? Like any job that requires a lot of insider knowledge and experience, hiring a REALTOR® will ensure that you are getting the best price for your house with the minimal amount of work and worry. Not convinced? Here are just a few of the best reasons why no homeowner should sell their home without one. Real Estate Experts Are Just That Would you represent yourself in court, or prescribe yourself medicines? Then why would you sell your greatest and most valuable asset without an expert. Selling your home requires considerable knowledge of the housing market and real estate law, among other things, and you’ll want to be sure your investment is well represented. REALTORS® Know What Your Home Is Worth The “for sale by owner” sign is often seen as an easy mark by some serious buyers. When selling your home you want to […]
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Your REALTOR® is the person you count on to get your home sold, get you the best possible purchase price, and handle all of the details that go into selling a home. If you are selling for the first time and it’s been a while since you bought, you may be on the hunt for a new REALTOR® to handle the sale of your property. How do you choose? Take a few simple tips into account. Selling Is Different From Buying Although most REALTORS® handle both listings and help buyers find a home, they may have more experience at one or the other. Some REALTORS® are simply great at finding the right house for a potential buyer, while others are just really gifted when it comes to marketing a home well and getting it sold. When selling your home, you want a REALTOR® who has plenty of sold listings under his or her belt, and who has a reputation for getting homes sold quickly and for a good price. Finding that person shouldn’t be too difficult with a little effort. Reputation And Referrals The first place to start is to ask for a few referrals. Look to people you know […]
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When we think of selling a home, the services a REALTOR® can provide usually seem worth the cost of their commission, but what about as a buyer? What can a REALTOR® do for you as a home buyer, and is the commission worth the services they can provide? Here are five great reasons you should hire a REALTOR® when you are in the market for a new home! REALTORS® Can Help You Determine Your Budget—With a few simple pieces of information, a REALTOR® can help you pre-determine what kind of budget you may be looking at for your new home, and can match you with potential lenders that are right for you. REALTORS® Have Access To Resources You Don’t—While a lot of real estate listings are available online, there are still resources and listings that are only available through a REALTOR®. If you are looking for something very specific, having their insider knowledge may be crucial to finding that perfect home. REALTORS® Can Read Between The Lines Of Listings—There are a lot of catchy phrases that often appear in home listings, and your agent can tell you what they really mean. REALTORS® Increase Your Negotiating Power—A REALTOR® cannot only increase […]
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When it comes to shopping for a home, especially if you are buying for the first time, having an agent on your side is extremely helpful. But if you have never bought a house before, you may have no idea where to begin finding a REALTOR® that you can really trust to help you with this important decision. If you open the phone book you will see a long list of names, and very little help to figure out which one to call. There are a few ways you can narrow down the field of real estate agents to find someone you can trust. Ask Your Friends And Family To find a real estate agent you can trust, start with the people you trust—your family and friends. Of course, the best people to ask are those who have bought a home recently, as the experience they had will still be fresh in their memory. Ask them how happy they were with the service they received, and if they would recommend you hire the same agent. Ask Others In The Field Another source of good referrals is through some of the people you may know who work in related fields, such […]
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