The Unexpected Advantages of Using a Real Estate Agent
Hint: Realtors are game changers
Posted: January 11, 2021 by Anna Jotham
As the process of buying and selling homes continues to evolve, one thing remains clear: real estate agents offer many advantages. And while some might think they can go it on their own, or "there's an app for that," the truth is Realtors bring a level of expertise to the process and a long list of benefits you may not be aware of — several of which cannot come close to being matched by anything on your smartphone.
The many benefits of having a Realtor
Whether you're buying or selling a home, whether it's your first time navigating the process or your fourth, nothing will help ensure a process that's as smooth as possible like having the right professional partner. So let's take a closer look at some of the unexpected advantages of using a real estate agent.
Real estate agents can save you money
Let's face it, real estate comes with a price tag. Whether you're trying to make the most from the sale of your property or get the best deal for your home-buying dollar, no one will go to the mat for you like a Realtor. Because they are experts on the market, and because they've likely done countless deals similar to yours, they know the value of a dollar in the marketplace. So they know what you can ask as a sale price and what you can expect to pay when buying. But even more than that, they understand the wiggle room that's available, and they'll fight to make sure you get what's yours.
Realtors save you valuable time
There's a high cost of taking on a real estate deal on your own: time. And as we all know, time is money. The trouble is apps and websites can sugarcoat the process and get you to believe it's easy buying or selling a home. Actually, there's a ton of legwork and research that go into property transactions, not to mention the connections that help along the way. If you go it alone, you'll have a long, steep learning curve. Worse, when things get complicated, you're bound to have to make some tough calls, all on your own. And let's not forget, real estate agents will negotiate for you — hard. So while an app may be easy to download, having a real professional working for you means you can go offline with peace of mind, while Realtors go to work for you.
They can smell a scam
The apparent "ease" of the online world makes it easy for scam artists to play dirty. From bogus websites and listings to potentially fake offers, to wire fraud, it's a minefield out there. But Realtors are onto these scams, and they are tuned in to the latest efforts by cybercriminals and scam artists. In a world of super-savvy criminals, Realtors are the good guys and gals: they've got your back. Trust us, there's no app for that.
They can give you a head start
In a seller's market, it can be tough to be a buyer. By the time you get to walk through the property, there are multiple offers on the table and likely some over asking price. But Realtors have the inside track on listings. So when a seller wants to keep their listing on the down-low (which happens for a variety of reasons), or when a property is about to go on the market but isn't yet listed, your Realtor can give you the inside scoop. And that means you can stay a step ahead of other potential buyers.
Buying or selling a property? There's a Realtor for that!