8 Ways Agents Can Help in Home Sales!
Thinking about buying or selling a home? Real estate agents can help you navigate the waters and make your adventure go smoothly and efficiently. Just because you can buy and sell property on your own, it doesn't mean you should.
There are many ways agents add value during the purchase or sale of a home:
1.They save you time -- Agents see many homes every week and they know the inventory. They save you the frustration of having to search endless marketing publications or using up your valuable time looking at properties that don’t suit your needs. They can point you in the right direction and help you focus on your family and lifestyle needs, saving you time and getting you into exactly what you want.
2.Have valuable information -- Agents have access to the most detailed and powerful inventory data base available. The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) has some inside information that is only available to industry professionals. Agents can see the history of the home, number of days on market, past sales and comparable properties. This information helps to ensure your price is in line with the market.
3.Handle the technical details-- Agents can walk you through a complex series of steps so you stay on track with all those important deadlines. They write several deals in a year and will guide you over the mountain of paperwork that is involved.
4.Have great connections -- You’ll need a lot of expert help; agents can provide referrals to skilled professionals such as lawyers, lenders, surveyors, inspectors, city or municipal personnel, designers, carpenters, painters, home insurers, movers, cleaners and storage companies.
5.Keep up with laws and regulations -- Agents stay apprised of industry news through networking and continuing education. They know when something in the field changes and can save you from liability headaches and needless extra paperwork.
6.Protect you – There are usually eye-openers along the way! Your agent will work to mitigate such surprises, like asking about improvement permits, or whether work was complete for insurance claims paid to the seller.
7.Show off your home -- When it’s time to sell your property your agent can show you some easy yet effective ways to improve the way your home shows to buyers. A bit of effort will go a long way to helping your home sell in a timely fashion for a good price.
8.Can negotiate without emotion –Negotiations can be tense. Sellers want the best price, buyers want the best deal. Your agent is the middle guy or gal who has no emotional ties to the house. When negotiations are handled well, both sides win and walk away happy.
Whether your goal is to sell and move forward, or spend wisely on a new home, your real estate agent has your best interests in mind and will make the process as seamless as possible.
Kim O’Dell REALTOR®
Royal LePage Community Realty
For more information, please call 403.952.5458.