You can buy groceries online. You can order food delivery from your phone. You can even monitor your home’s security from anywhere.
While having the capability to handle many transactions or tasks digitally with next to no human interaction is convenient, it also lacks some advantages of having a real person available if and when issues arise.
Let’s take home shopping, for instance. 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, we recommend that you consider these reasons why you should use a real estate agent instead of going it alone.
Real Estate Agents Add Convenience
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.
They Are Excellent Negotiators
Sometimes, direct negotiation between buyers and sellers is more transparent and ensures everyone’s best interests are kept in mind. But sometimes there are issues that are best handled by a professional agent.
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 real estate agent comes in. They are professionals who are trained to present your concerns in the best light and serve as your negotiator to help you make an offer, counter one, and accept one that’s the best possible deal for you.
They’re not afraid to ask tough questions and ensure your best interests are protected.
They Help with Contract Details
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 transaction detail is correct and agreed upon.
A real estate agent has the knowledge and experience to help you sort through all of the paperwork, regularly working with the same contracts and conditions. Want to include a different or unique provision? Real estate agents 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.
We’ve seen real estate agents go out of their way to ensure their client’s confidence in the process and get the best possible deal for their needs.
*Not intended as accounting or investment advice. Contact your financial representative for more information.