5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying & Selling!

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Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey; you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO.

The 5 Reasons You NEED a Real Estate Professional in your corner haven’t changed, but rather have been strengthened, due to the projections of higher mortgage interest rates & home prices as the market continues to pick up steam. 

1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true Real Estate Professional is an expert in their market and can guide you through the stacks of paperwork necessary to make your dream a reality.

2. Ok, so you found your dream house, now what?

According to the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, there are over 230 possible actions that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to make sure that you acquire your dream? 

3. Are you a good negotiator?

So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home. However, after looking at the list of parties that you need to be prepared to negotiate with, you’ll realize the value in selecting a Real Estate Professional. From the buyer (who wants the best deal possible), to the home inspection companies, to the appraiser, there are at least 11 different people that you will have to be knowledgeable with and answer to, during the process. 

4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to the National Association of REALTORS, “the typical FSBO home sold for $185,000 compared to $245,000 among agent-assisted home sales.”

Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional.

5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

There is so much information out there on the news and the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively price your home correctly at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has their finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

Bottom Line

You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic. Why would you make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Real Estate Professional?

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    Jane Ambrose  June 28, 2017

    My husband and I recently put our house up for sale. I agree that a true real estate professional can help you with the difficult paperwork. Before reading this article I never knew how important it is that your home is priced correctly. We will use these tips in the future as our house is up for sale.

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    • Tara Maxwell
      Tara Maxwell  June 30, 2017

      Hi Jane! Thank you so much for the positive feedback on this article. If you ever have any questions we are always happy to help!

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    Taylor Bishop  August 24, 2017

    I just wanted to thank you for helping me understand the importance of having a realtor. I actually hadn’t considered that they could actually help make sure that the home is priced appropriately, especially since they are not emotionally connected to the place. Honestly, having a second perspective like that could be incredibly useful. They may be able to even tell you the things that need to be fixed to make a sale better.

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    • Tara Maxwell
      Tara Maxwell  August 30, 2017

      Exactly Taylor. I’m so glad you go something useful from that article. If you ever have any questions we are always happy to help.

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    Scott Adams  August 30, 2017

    I hadn’t thought about how a real estate agent will be able to help you fill out all the required paperwork. I have been wanting to sell my home, and I wasn’t sure if I need a realtor or not. I can see how it would be helpful to have one, so I don’t end up making mistakes while filling out papers.

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    • Tara Maxwell
      Tara Maxwell  August 30, 2017

      Absolutely Scott. You want to make sure that you are getting the most protection possible when filling out contracts. If you ever have any questions we are always happy to help.

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    Deb Pearl  September 8, 2017

    My wife and I were thinking of selling our house and finding a better one to meet our needs, but we really don’t know how to go about doing that. I didn’t think about how we would negotiate the costs of what we want for our new house. It would be very beneficial to have realtor helping us out when we do find a house we want. Thanks for the tips!

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    • Tara Maxwell
      Tara Maxwell  September 8, 2017

      Hi there Deb! I would highly suggest you meeting with a realtor to determine what the market value of your home is to start. What area do you live in?

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