There’s an app for almost everything (still waiting on that virtual can opener), and that includes home shopping. Sure, it’s super convenient to research houses for sale in your target area. But, what do you do when you have a question? How do you schedule a showing? What about when you want to make an offer? Your knowledge gained from the internet can only take you so far. And so, if you’re planning to buy or sell a home without the help of a real estate agent, you’ll want to read this first.

1) Realtors® Make it Way More Convenient

So, how and when do you plan on listing your home or exploring those desired properties? There’s a lot of planning and coordination involved, such as showing your home or getting access to viewing one. It can take up a lot of your time and be more of a hassle than a memorable experience. Never underestimate the work of an agent. They have unmatched access to the properties you want to see and can schedule appointments on your behalf that are flexible around your availability. Especially since you are likely working a full-time job, you simply don’t have time for a second full-time job, and that’s exactly what buying or selling a home is.

2) They’re Master Negotiators

A direct negotiation between buyers and sellers is seen to some as more transparent and ensures everyone’s best interests are kept in mind. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. There are many factors up for discussion in a home deal. For example, are you not a fan of the avocado-inspired bathroom or shag carpet in the living room? How do you communicate a discount to cover the costs of renovations without offending the owner? That’s where a Realtor® comes in. They are professionals who are trained to present your concerns in the best light and serve as your negotiator to helping you make an offer, counter one, and accept one that’s best possible deal for you. They’re not afraid to ask the tough questions and ensure your best interests are protected.

3) Contracts Need an Extra Set of Eyes 

It’s not as cut and dry as accepting an offer and getting the keys to your new place. There’s a decent amount of paperwork involved with buying and selling a home, and that’s putting it nicely. Contracts aren’t meant to give you hand cramps after signing your initials so many times. They are there to protect you and ensure that every detail of the transaction is correct and agreed upon. A real estate agent has the knowledge and experience to help you sort through all of the paperwork, working regularly with the same contracts and conditions. Want to include a different or unique provision? Realtors® can help get it added to the contract.

Still Not Convinced?

In most states, agents are bound to a fiduciary relationship. This means that they are required by license law to act in YOUR best interest, not their own. Plus, agents need referrals and satisfied clients to keep and grow their careers. They will go out of their way to ensure your confidence in the process, and that you are getting the best possible deal for your needs.

*Not intended as accounting or investment advice. Contact your financial representative for more information.

Struyk, Tara. “Five Reasons Why You Still Need A Real Estate Agent.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 19 June 2013, www.forbes. com/2010/05/25/why-you-need-real-estate-agent-personal-finance- commission.html.