3 Major Reasons to Work with a Real Estate Agent
Originally published on: March 9, 2018
Updated on: October 23, 2018
Are you in the market to buy a house? Are you moving from one place to another? Do you wish to sell your home? Do you have an abundance or limitless amount of time to dedicate to these real estate dealings and what all comes with it? If you're like most people (which is totally okay), then you'll likely benefit from the help of a real estate professional. We have three major reasons to consider working with real estate agents and REALTOR®. We have more than 800 amazing agents ready to play matchmaker between you and your dream home. We have agents trained with relocation knowledge to assist in your big move. Yes, our agents can definitely help you sell your home too.
1.) Real Estate Agents Are Super Knowledgeable: This Saves You Time and Energy
As a potential home seller, home buyer or even home renter you know your end-goal. But how to do you get there? How do you accomplish selling, buying or renting the home you want? This is where an experienced and educated real estate agent comes in handy. We have such agents who also stay abreast of changing market trends and they receive the training needed from our career development program, RealtySouth U, one of our family of services. RealtySouth offers agents in-depth training, an in-house technology team and an award-winning support team of marketing and advertising professionals.
With the home buying and home selling process comes extensive documentation as part of the transaction. Documents such as written offers, the written and signed counteroffer, contracts and details like specific requested or completed repairs. Finding a home or selling a home is extremely time consuming and you value your time. So do real estate agents.
If you are looking to buy a home, a real estate agent will track down homes that meet your criteria, get in touch with sellers' agents and make appointments for you to view the homes. Real estate agents have the tools needed to find or sell your home. They know the local market. They’ll likely know your desired neighborhood and city of residence very well. They can negotiate on your behalf. This means you’re likely to find the right match in the home that best serves your needs.
2.) Invaluable Relationships Come With Real Estate Agents: A Mutually Beneficial Partnership
The real estate agent is your representative. They represent you in real estate transactions and become your advocate. They represent a pillar of the community and become the buffer between their clients and other parties involved. Real estate agents have valuable information and access to properties including those listed by other agents. Agents usually have a network of professional contacts and friends. Inspections and repairs will inevitably surface somewhere along the home search journey. An agent may already have an inspector or a contact for repairs to connect you to. This is one of many potential connections.
Real estate agents and REALTORS® (members of the National Association of REALTOR®) are in the business of people. True, they sell and manage deals, but when you work with an agent they work for you. These real estate professionals are usually connected with other specialists such as painters, roofers, movers, cleaners, contractors, home inspectors and attorneys. Your real estate agent can also recommend reliable service companies with expertise in minor home repairs as well as major renovations. Our agents can provide an unmatched level of exposure due to the sheer volume of buyers and sellers they serve.
Agents make connections and build their network, which benefits you in your home search or home sell. Somewhere down the road, you may want to move, rent, buy or sell and you’ll have a leg up if you have the contact of your agent. This network lends itself to future referrals and business. You may have friends in need of an agent or vendor. You may very well become good friends with your agent. Never know, you may be friends with an agent already.
3.) REALTORS® Work by a Code of Honor: You’ll Get Honesty from Real Estate Professionals
It doesn’t cost you to hire or work with a real estate agent. Agents are licensed professionals and those who are part of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) are REALTORS® . All REALTOR® are real estate agents. REALTORS® pledge to follow the code of ethics, a comprehensive list containing 17 articles and underlying standards of practice, which establish levels of conduct that are higher than ordinary business practices or those required by law. Working with a licensed real estate agent under an agency agreement — a conventional, full-service commission agreement in which the agent agrees to represent you — means your agent will be bound by common law (in most states) to a fiduciary relationship. The agent is bound by license law to act in their clients' best interest and not his or her own.
Consider a real estate agent when you're in the market to buy or sell your home. We have top producing agents and REALTORS® who are dedicated to their profession and passionate about guiding their clients from beginning to end, throughout the process of buying or selling. These real estate professionals come with the specific knowledge, tools, training and network you need to help accomplish your goals, regarding your home.
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