When you’re casually looking it’s fine to get a feel for things on your own, but once you’re serious about buying, there are a few surefire ways to know it’s time to call in the big guns, a real estate agent.
Here are 5 signs it’s time to call your agent:
Buying real estate takes time, but buying real estate without an agent is a major time suck. If you’re on the hunt for a new home but your schedule is already packed to the brim, it’s time to call your agent. A real estate agent will browse homes within your price range and specifications so you only spend time visiting homes you actually have a chance of loving.
You’re spending countless hours online
If you find yourself filling downtime with endless browsing on real estate sites, it’s time to call your real estate agent. Most of these sites have outdated and inaccurate information. The prices they estimate are usually off -- by a lot. Don’t spend your time looking at outdated data. Talk to a real estate agent to get the most up to date information at your fingertips and improve your home buying search. They have access to the most current information and data available.
You can’t get in to see a house
If you’re trying to go it alone, you’ll be disappointed to find out most agents won’t let you in to browse a house without an agent. Sure, you can do your best to stop by open houses, but you’ll watch properties come and go without being able to see them. Enter your real estate agent. They’ll find properties within your criteria and schedule showings for a time best for you. The cherry on top is the expert knowledge of properties they’ll share with you while out on showings. Agents share information with other agents that they don’t share with the public. Bringing a real estate agent on board will help expedite the home buying process.
You don’t know the stats about your neighborhood
It’s pretty easy to spot a booming neighborhood, but what about the up and coming one? Real estate agents have access to data you don’t, are able to pull comparable homes, and have the in on upcoming developments to see which neighborhoods are on the way up, or on the way out. Their knowledge helps you make a better investment, and find the right neighborhood for you.
You can’t remember your most recent negotiation
Or maybe you can but you were negotiating with a toddler about eating their veggies, and you didn’t come out on top. Well, real estate agents are professional negotiators who will help you every step of the way. You want a pro on your side when the inspection report comes back to say you need a new furnace, or roof, or sewer line. A quality negotiator will work to keep the deal alive and you on top.
If you’re on the hunt for your new house, go ahead and give your agent a call before too many potential dream homes pass you by.