Getting ready to shop for a house? Whether your first, next or forever home, you need the help of an expert. Read on for our top five reasons not to go it alone when buying a house.
#5: We know the market.
You know that feeling when you think you’ve found the perfect home on a site like Zillow – only to find out a day later that it’s already off the market?
As real estate pros, we’ve made it our business to know the latest info on listings, and we often even know about houses that aren’t yet on the market! We can also share our knowledge of the neighborhoods we work in, like trends, predictions and more. Without an agent, you’re left relying on online or app searches that don’t reflect the most up-to-date stage of a listing, which means you’re more likely to miss out on what you want.
#4: We know fair and honest vendors.
Even though it’s you who is buying a home, you’ll encounter so many other people along the way.
From inspectors to contractors to lenders and more, we’re familiar with all the processes and people involved with buying a home – and we can help save you time, money and stress in each step. We know what to look for in the inspection process and can help you navigate in a way that protects you. We have solid relationships with the best vendors, all of whom will give you the most fair and honest pricing. Without an agent, however, you’re left to seek out your own vendors (who may or may not have your best interest in mind) and navigate processes to the best of your ability.
#3: We know how to protect you legally.
Buying a home is legally binding, and it’s not something to take lightly. From your initial offer to your mortgage to closing, the home buying process has a lot of legal jargon to navigate through – and if you don’t understand what you’re signing, you could be setting yourself up for a bad situation. We can help explain what you’re getting, what you’re giving and more.
#2: We know what to look for – and what not to look for.
Ever read the perfect home description – only to be disappointed when you see it in person?
Working with a Realtor saves you time up front as we’re able to weed out the properties that don’t fit your needs. We also know the “red flags” to avoid in listing descriptions and photos – as well as warning signs we might seen in-person at an open house or during an inspection. As mentioned, buying a home is a binding legal contract (see #3 above), and we can help make sure you don’t end up buying a home that could be a financial black hole or worse.
#1: We know how to save you money.
How do you know if a list price is fair – or if you’re drastically overpaying?
People in general tend to be afraid of overpaying when buying a home, and that’s where we come in. We can help determine fair pricing and formulate your offer, plus navigate through negotiations with appraisers, sellers, inspectors and more. We can even help you get better financing deals – getting better terms or getting creative with financing options – through our rock-solid lender relationships.
Oh, and we forgot to mention – because sellers pay Realtor commissions, using an agent is FREE for buyers! Need we say more?
Don’t get stuck with a property you don’t love or can’t afford. When buying a home, a real estate agent is your best friend.
Starting to look for your new home? We can help! Get in touch today.