Buying or selling a home can be a long process that often comes with stress and a lot of paperwork. While you might think it’s easy enough to go it alone, using a qualified real estate agent will definitely help ease the workload, and lead to a better home—and deal—for everyone involved.
Your agent knows everyone. A real estate agent’s job is to stay in the know and connected to everything going on and everyone involved in the industry. They are the first to know when a home goes on sale, and they may know of some properties before they are even listed. Having an agent is the best way to ensure that you have access to any potential hidden gems out there that you would probably miss out on if you looked for a home on your own.
What is a problem to you is just everyday work to them. Any potential problem a buyer or seller might come up against can seem catastrophic, but an agent has already seen it and handled it many times before. They are there to walk you through every stressful situation and let you know exactly how it can be handled so that it becomes less of a problem.
They know the market like the back of their hand. Again, it’s their job to know the market. You can bet they understand everything about each different neighbourhood down to the demographic, the local amenities, how much neighbouring houses sold for, and so on and so forth. Any question you have about the market, they can answer, so you don’t have to waste time digging around for potentially unreliable answers.
They will help ensure that you’re properly prepared. Being prepared is essential whether you’re buying or selling. But you don’t know what you don’t know, so it’s hard to be prepared for something you had no clue about. Your agent will let you know exactly what is going to happen and everything you need to do and have on hand to ensure the process goes smoothly.