When you first start searching for a new home, you’ll likely start by browsing homes for sale online. These days, technology allows you to have quite a bit of information at your fingertips. You can literally shop for a home from your couch.
Eventually, however, most homebuyers use the services of a buyer’s agent, a real estate agent who represents the buyer’s interests in a home sale. Despite technology’s increasing role in real estate sales, buyer’s agents can still be very helpful. Here are five reasons to consider a buyer’s agent for your home search.
1. Local expertise
Sure, you can find a lot of information online about a home listed for sale. But sometimes, it takes somebody who knows a neighborhood well to provide details a website can’t.
You might have questions about the local school district, crime rates, access to healthcare, and more. Maybe you’re curious about the general lifestyle of a locale or wonder how friendly or social a neighborhood is. Agents who’ve sold multiple homes in particular areas over the years have intimate knowledge of locales that you can’t find online.
2. Insider’s advice
A high asking price doesn’t necessarily mean a home is a bad deal, and a low price isn’t always an indicator of a good deal. It all depends on what you get for your money. It’s more about value than price.
An agent has a good idea of that sort of value. They know what features similar homes in a price range have or don’t have. They know whether or not any repairs that might be needed will be worth it. They have an understanding of what sorts of issues with a home make it smart to refuse to waive contract contingencies. The professional advice from a real estate insider is often something you can’t get anywhere else.
3. Recommendations for other professionals
Over the years, experienced agents establish relationships with other professionals in the field. Those relationships mean agents can provide homebuyers with recommendations they might need.
For example, many agents have contacts in the mortgage business and can refer you to a loan officer or mortgage broker they know can get the job done. When it’s time for a professional home inspection, your agent will probably recommend one they know and trust. The same goes for contractors who might be needed to get an idea of costs for any work that might be required.
You might think it’s simple to make an offer on a home, but there are almost always other details of a purchase contract that need to be negotiated.
What’s included with the house is sometimes not cut-and-dry. If you like, say, the hot tub or certain pieces of furniture, how do you ask to include them? Do you know what sort of concessions you might ask for should the seller want a longer-than-normal time to closing?
A real estate transaction involves a legal contract with big financial implications. Having an agent negotiate that contract for you can give you some peace of mind.
5. Guidance through the process
Searching for and buying a home can be a long, sometimes tedious process. There are many steps along the way from starting a search until moving in, and having someone to walk you through step-by-step can help keep you from being overwhelmed.
There are times when buyers get cold feet or are unsure about what to do once an offer is accepted or turned down. They don’t always know how quickly to apply for a loan or when to schedule the home inspection. A buyer’s agent will get you through it.
The bottom line: There is a lot of information online about homes for sale, and almost everybody starts their search on the internet. But there are some valuable services a buyer’s agent contributes to a home search, including some you can’t always get elsewhere.
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