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Maybe you’re thinking of embarking on the home buying journey alone, or maybe you’re just curious. Either way, you’re wondering, “what does a real estate agent actually do?” You know realtors and real estate agents can help you buy or sell a home, but you may not be aware of everything that goes into the process and all the ways a real estate agent can help. Here’s a broad overview of what a realtor should bring to the buying table.
Narrow Down Your Search
Sure, anyone can sift through online listings looking for their dream home, but this time consuming process can become tedious. A real estate agent has access to resources, local trends, and market values that can greatly speed up the process. It’s your realtor’s job to find out exactly what you’re looking for and present you with options that fit your needs. This can save you a lot of time.
Pre-inspect Potential Homes
Here’s another big time saver. Online listings are designed to sell. This means sometimes the house you visit in person isn’t as dreamy as the house you saw online. A realtor can do additional pre-inspection work to make sure you’re only spending time visiting homes that you might actually consider purchasing.
Review the Location of Potential Homes
Neighborhoods, school zones, accessibility, relation to attractions, commutes, etc… All of these things are tough to evaluate after one visit. A realtor who has hyper-local knowledge and years of experience in the area can help you determine the best location for your new home based on your goals.
Read the Fine Print
Purchasing a home comes with a ton of paperwork full of legal jargon, hidden fees and conditions, contingencies, and clauses that are easy for non-professionals to accidentally skip over or misunderstand. A real estate agent has experience with these kinds of documents, so they’ll be able to clarify all of the fine print and answer your questions.
Ensure You Get the Best Deal
When it’s time to make an offer, your realtor’s experience and expansive knowledge of the market can help you form a competitive offer at the best price possible. They’ll also know what to look for within the home to find any issues that could be leveraged to lower the price even more. And finally, a realtor knows how to stand their ground when negotiating the best deal for you.
Speed Up the Buying Process
From search to sale, a real estate agent will get you where you want to be in the fastest, most efficient way. Especially if you have a strict timeline you need to stick to, a realtor can make sure you meet all of your deadlines.
Look Out for You
Most importantly, a real estate agent looks out for you. Whether you’re on the buying or selling end of the deal, your real estate agent should have your best interest in mind. Your realtor is there to protect your interests in the transaction and ensure that you get the best deal possible.
If you’re interested in learning more about what real estate agents do or if you’re interested in working with a real estate agent on buying or selling property, contact one of Blue Ridge Properties’ agents here.