There is no law that says you have to use the services of a REALTOR®, but it is a wise choice whether you are buying or selling real estate to hire one. Usually people consider cost, but if you are buying a home, using a REALTOR® typically doesn’t cost you a penny. It can however, save you thousands of dollars. Sellers benefit from the knowledge and expertise agents bring to the selling process and can add to their bottom line when they hire one.
Benefits to sellers
Real estate is a complicated maze of forms, offers, counter-offers, negotiations, and laws. For sellers, your REALTOR® will keep track of current market trends, he or she can recommend pricing, vet potential buyers, and market your property through the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service). Additionally, our experience allows us to help our clients avoid certain mistakes and pitfalls such as overpricing your home, which can turn off potential buyers. We’ll help you prep your home, connect you with our network of professionals, and help show your home to maximize exposure. REALTOR’S® put sellers in the best position to succeed. We’ll help you sell your home without the emotional attachment or inexperience, which could cost you thousands of dollars. Selling your home does not have to be difficult when you hire an agent to represent you.
Benefits to buyers
Buying a home is an important decision. A good agent can expose you to areas of interest, home styles, and financial options you might not have considered. Agents can facilitate a great buying experience and save you a lot of money. At the very least, your REALTOR® can help you avoid the numerous pitfalls that too often plague the journey towards home ownership. Simply put, agents help buyers realize the American Dream. We provide due diligence during the evaluation of the property, including finding qualified responsible professionals to do inspections and title searches. Your REALTOR® can guide you through the closing process to make sure everything flows together smoothly.
There is a difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®. Every agent is not a REALTOR®, but every REALTOR® is an agent. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.