All you have to do is look around your town or city to see WHY you need to have a REALTOR. Properties are being bought and sold every day with the benefit of market research and planning. Often times these two elements are outside the scope of a person who wishes to sell their own home. Sure, you know what kind of equity you put into your own home, but how much did that other house down the street sell for? What kind of pricing is affecting the homes around you currently? Do you know how to reach out to prospective home buyers? These questions all lend to reasons why there are benefits of having a REALTOR-and you’re answers could be extremely wrong.
Benefit 1: Market Research
REALTORS have the benefit of not only searching the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) for you while finding a home or property you might like, but they also are privy to any phone calls that come into the office that might be from new sellers who are wishing to sell as soon as possible without going into the MLS. As a person who is not represented by a real estate agent, you would be missing out on these deals. Agents also have the benefit of researching market analyses of different property types in the area that you are looking to buy or sell in. This is invaluable information as it would go towards how much something is worth.
Benefit 2: Planning and Consultation
REALTORS are the people who have gone through assisting with 100s of home closings and home selling situations. They are the ones to consult with in understanding how to sell your home. Do you keep your animals away when you have a home showing, and how much do you clean up? What do you want to highlight and what do you want to keep in the background. These are all questions that real estate agents can assist with.
Benefit 3: They are on your side
You will never have someone as ferocious on your side to help you buy or sell a home. REALTORS are commission-based for their service fees, but they rely on their network of clients to bring in their next client. Without their network, they wouldn’t have anyone to represent. That being said, they will do everything possible to get what you want. Without satisfying their clients, they would have no clients!
As you can see, REALTORS, offer quantified benefits outside of assisting in purchasing or selling your home. They understand the nuances, the paperwork, and most importantly- your needs.