Buyers Guide: Why use a Realtor

“When you hire people who are smarter than you are, it proves you are smarter than they are.”

Henry Ford

How will a Realtor Help me

As a buyer, it is in your best interest to work with a Realtor because this will ensure that you have someone that is working for you and your best interests. As a buyer agent a Realtor is working for you to help you find a home. You are my primary concern. Often times, when a “Seller’s Agent” is acting on behalf of both the seller and buyer (when a buyer does not have his/her own Realtor), there is a conflict of interest, since a seller wants the highest possible price for the home, while the buyer wants the most reasonable price for the home. Your Realtor should walk you through the entire process of buying your home, and do the following:

Work with you through the entire home buying process, from start to finish
Search the entire MLS (Multiple Listing Service)
Teach you to use the MLS effectively
Show you all of the homes you are interested in visiting
Recommend houses which meet your criteria
Negotiate on your behalf with the seller of the home
Research the market to find what other similar homes in the area are selling for this will prepare you to make a competitive offer
Prepare the offer for the house
Prepare all of the contracts associated with the home purchase
Work with the title company, the lender, and the seller (or seller’s agent) to arrange all necessary inspections.
Serve as your “point” person during the closing process
Answer any questions you may have about any part of the real estate process

Additionally, your Agent will act as a buffer for you take the spam out of your property showings and visits. If you’re a buyer of new homes, your agent will whip out her sword and keep the builder’s agents at bay, preventing them from biting or nipping at your heels. Your Agent will also assist you in handling the volumes of paperwork, answering all questions and providing thorough explanations.

Whether you are a first time home-buyer, or a seasoned investor, having a professional at your service will provide peace of mind and ensure success in the buying process.

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