Why Use an Agent?
Even with the wealth of information available on the Internet these days, it’s a good idea to have an agent. The fees you’ll pay an agent are nominal when you consider what all an agent can do for you. Buying a house is a monumental event that can affect you for years to come — an agent can help you make sure it’s a positive event. Among other things, a good agent will act as your home-buying expert, tour guide, negotiator, paperwork administrator, and, most importantly, your trusted advisor.
Additional Benefits of Having an Agent
- They can help you understand the different financing options available to you.
- They can likely refer you to a lender who can help pre-qualify you for a loan.
- They almost always have access to the Multiple Listing System (MLS), an electronic listing of homes for sale by other agents.
- They may know of homes for sale in the area that are not yet being marketed.
- They can help you stay on track throughout the buying process, with the many appointments and events the process brings.
- They will handle all the home-buying paperwork … and there’s a lot of paperwork.
- They can help you negotiate with sellers.
- They can help you determine the realistic value of homes based on recent sales in the area.