We’ve heard many a story of folks considering the DIY approach to home buying and selling. Here is one of those stories we recently heard from a new homeowner:
One evening while my wife and I were shopping for our first home, we had dinner with a few friends. As we lamented the escalating costs of the process, one of the people at the table told us we should just get rid of our real estate agent and save ourselves a little bit of money.
I admit that, for an hour or two, I considered it.
“This guy’s right,” I thought. “Why are we paying somebody to show us houses we can find online? I don’t need anyone to take me car shopping, why would I need a real estate agent?”
To this day I am immeasurably grateful that I did not take that advice.
The search for our house took a lot longer than expected, and it turned out to be much more complicated than either of us could have foreseen. In the end, we were grateful for the expertise and guidance our real estate agent gave us, and we would have gladly paid more for keeping us sane throughout the process.
But don’t just take his word for it. Whether you’re buying or selling, there are several good reasons to enlist the services of a trustworthy real estate agent. Here are just a few:
How well do you know the housing codes in your neighborhood? What’s the difference between copper and polybutylene pipes? How many successful contracts have you negotiated?
Chances are very good that a real estate agent can give better answers to these questions than you.
Real estate is a constantly-changing landscape of codes, regulations and trends. When you hire a real estate agent to represent you in the buying or selling process, they give their experience and up-to-date knowledge of the process to you. Real estate agents make sure home prices are fair and reasonable, and they lead you through the shifting codes, contracts, and laws that go into buying or selling your home.
2. Your Best Interests
Every licensed agent is bound by the fiduciary responsibilities set by the Colorado Real Estate Commission. They are required to protect you, and your investment, at all times.
This means you don’t have to worry that your real estate agent is trying to make a fast buck. If you’re selling, your real estate agent is trying to get you the most for your home. If you’re buying, your agent is trying to get you the home you want for the price you can afford.
Your real estate agent’s fiduciary responsibility is always to you and you alone.
3. Peace of Mind
This is the big one. Letting an expert handle the listings, walk-throughs, and negotiations allows you to stay focused on your needs. If you’re buying a house, your real estate agent takes care of all of the legwork, you just need to determine which house is right for you. If you’re selling, your real estate agent ensures that you get the most out of your investment so you don’t have to try to stay abreast of current markets and prices.
The ordeal of buying or selling a home can be stressful enough. You don’t want to lie in bed worrying you won’t be able negotiate the best deal, or wondering if there are hidden problems with the house you’re about to buy. Letting a professional who, again, is bound to serve your best interests, will keep you focused and, quite possibly, sane.
Buying or selling a house is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Obtaining the service of a real estate agent you trust will save you a lot of stress and let you focus on getting what you want out of the experience.
You may not get the sense of pride you feel after doing a project all by yourself, but the satisfaction of knowing you made the right decision, for your home and for your family, is what matters.
http://www.real estate agent.com/advice/why-use-a-real estate agent-6-important-reasons/