5 Benefits to Using a Real Estate Agent Whether You’re Buying or Selling

by Guest Author on August 2, 2013


There are many complicated things to try and understand when it comes to the real estate market. Chances are, if you’ve never been through the process of buying or selling a home, you’ll come across confusing details that will need explaining and have several questions that will need answering. It may be possible to get some help from friends or other buyers and sellers, or maybe even the Internet, but who better to give you real expert advice and information than a real estate agent?

People are sometimes hesitant to spend the extra money on hiring a real estate agent when they’re about to already make such a big purchase or trying to get rid of a house to save money in the first place. However, that’s exactly why they should work with one. Since this is one of the biggest investments or sales you’ll ever make, you should have the help of a trained professional in making sure that it’s a smooth process overall. The advantages of utilizing a real estate agent can benefit you enormously.

Reduce Time Invested

For buyers, the time you may spend searching for homes that match your requirements is being taken away from other important avenues of your life. There are many websites or other ways to find listings, but weeding through them all will definitely take a lot of effort and there is still the potential for you to miss out on a great listing that only a real estate agent is aware of. For sellers, real estate agents can take over the scheduling and supervision of viewing appointments and may even have a better sales pitch than you would.

Evaluating Value

Real estate agents are trained to know the value of a home pretty much right off the bat. Whether an asking or selling price is too high or too low, they’ll be able to advise you on either. They will know all the information relevant to the market, such as location, condition and supply and demand, which will help determine a reasonable negotiation strategy.

Working an Offer

This can be one of the hardest parts of the buying or selling process. Haggling over offers and counteroffers can get messy and heated at times if demands aren’t being met. Agents are likely to be more calm and rational when it comes to this area and can recognize when a good offer should be accepted or whether a buyer needs to up their bid.

Paperwork

Who wants to deal with all the mounds of paperwork that goes along with a real estate transaction? To ensure that everything is taken care of and filled out correctly, it’s best to have a real estate agent there to save you from the headache. The likelihood for errors made on documents that could hold up the final sale is also reduced when a real estate agent takes over.

Deal Breakers

It’s not that uncommon for a deal to be delayed at the last minute, and there are numerous instances that can cause this (problems with the title, issues with financing, etc.). Real estate agents know what to be on the lookout for and can prevent or rectify problems before they set you back too far.

Hiring a real estate agent to do most of the work for you when buying or selling a house will relieve a lot of stress that comes with the job, and they will have your best interest in mind while making the deal.

About the Author: Tiffany Olson is a writing junkie from Northern California. She loves to blog on home related topics (among many others!) and share her knowledge via guest blogging and social media. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard, you’ll likely find her cooking, reading, or hanging out with good friends.


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