Protecting Your Biggest Purchase
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The amount of time, effort and energy put into selling or buying a home can be extensive and if you do it by yourself, and not with the assistance of a REALTOR® or agent, you may run into the risk of losing money and getting a less-than-favourable deal. REALTORS® and real estate sales representatives have years of education and experience. A real estate salesperson can help you not only make a solid and responsible financial decision, but also protect you from the many risks currently existing in the murky waters of the real estate market. In addition, many consumers don’t understand the differences between a REALTOR® and a real estate agent. A REALTOR® has gone through extra training and education, as well as adheres to a strict code of ethics. But when you buy or sell a home, make sure you get the most out of this monumental occasion and use a real estate professional to guide, protect and assist you.
What’s wrong with selling and buying without a professional?
Buying or selling without a REALTOR® or a real estate sales representative can have negative repercussions. For one, it may take longer to sell your home, which may result in wasted time and lost funds. If you’re working full-time, the ability to sell a home is curtailed and you may have to take time off work or have an extremely tight schedule to hold open houses. As well, you may feel less than comfortable letting just anybody into your home, and you may not know how to protect yourself against theft or fraud. A REALTOR® can have effective open houses and can detect any suspicious activity.
Most self-home sellers or buyers are not real estate professionals, so you’re obviously limited to your own knowledge and ability. REALTORS® understand the dense paperwork, the legal documents and what is and isn’t a good deal. Working with such a professional would only benefit your chances of achieving a sale or purchase. Without the help of the REALTOR® you may waste hours researching and learning all the details of the real estate market.
Why work with a REALTOR®?
The answer is quite obvious: to get the best possible deal when purchasing your new home. Especially for first-time home buyers, not using the services of a REALTOR® or agent can put your purchase in jeopardy. When selling your house on your own, not using a realtor with knowledge of the current market puts you at risk for pricing your home inaccurately.
Whether buying or selling a home, you can trust that your REALTOR® will ensure the transaction is completed competently and professionally. You don’t have to worry about the details – your REALTOR® can take care of them for you. You can get advice from someone with an intimate knowledge of the local housing market. And you can count on the help of a professional who has committed to serve with integrity and competence.
Assistance from a REALTOR to help you with your home search is extremely beneficial. They can, without a doubt, optimize your buying power and increase your options in the market. They have the access to the Multiple Listing Services (MLS®) and can help you find that home you’ve always wanted. A Realtor can add you to their email contact list so that you will receive an email with the most current listings that meet your criteria. With their extensive knowledge of the market, REALTORS® can also help you find which house is appropriate for your budget by examining your financial background. They can also help you with the mortgage loan qualifications and can help you understand the applicable taxes on the transaction.
Along with these qualifications, REALTORS® also possess the skills of negotiation. They can negotiate effectively with the seller on your behalf and in doing so, help avoid any issues that can arise when purchasing a home. Having the REALTOR® by your side during the negotiating process can make sure you get the best deal and that you’re not taken advantage of. When you hire a REALTOR®, your knowledge on the real estate industry will just increase, therefore resulting in a better deal for you. And remember, REALTORS must adhere to a strict code of ethics which guarantees professional conduct and quality service. Finding the right real estate salespersons means that you don’t have to sweat the details, because your REALTOR can take care of them for you.
A REALTOR® will present you with the pertinent information required to help you make an informed decision: comparable prices, neighbourhood trends, housing market conditions and more.