With the increased ability to search for homes online or place your home for sale on a popular website you may be wondering if you still need a realtor. The short answer: “Yes”, the long answer: “Yes, absolutely!”. Here’s why:
Access to the MLS
You can take a spin through any number of real estate sites and come up with a list of homes you’d like to tour. You can rely on word of mouth in many of the tight knit communities we serve, to let you know who is selling a home in East Palestine or get the word out about the beautiful piece of land you’re selling in the Beaver Local School District. What you can’t do is find homes listed for sale but not advertised or marketed. A buyers agent has access to the local MLS where they are able to see every home listed for sale with an agent in the area, regardless of how it is advertised. If you’re thinking of selling your home without an agent, keep in mind that only an agent can list your home on the MLS, and that’s where every buyers agent is gathering homes to show their client.
Real Estate Agents are Trained Negotiators
Realtors are trained negotiators, which means they can help work out sticky contract issues and help a sale continue forward, as long as it’s in your best interest. They also know how to spot trouble before it’s too late – from title issue that can pop up to anticipating delays with financing, an agent can see the warning signs that could postpone the closing or derail the sale all together, and more importantly, help you correct them.
Buying or selling a home requires a lot of moving parts. A real estate agent knows the right people to help make it happen. Need a home inspector in Calcutta, a mortgage brokers in Wellsville, or a home stager in Cranberry Township? They know the people to help your purchase or sale go smoothly. Selecting the best people in the business isn’t just luck of the draw, it is their business.
They’re Nearly Always Available
Realtors know that things can come up anytime of the day so they’re available when you need them. If you’re feeling anxious about that offer you just put in, your agent is there to talk you through it. Confused about which offer to accept on your home, you’re agent will be there. Do you have a burst pipe in a home you just purchased and don’t know what to do – you’re agent will have you covered with a great plumber and a little piece of mind.
Buying and selling a home can be an emotional experience. A realtor has an objective eye to make suggestions about what could be improved in your current home to increase the chances of a sale, or where to bend on negotiations for a new home, all while keeping your best interest at the forefront.
If you think working with a realtor on your next home sale or purchase might be the right choice for you, we’ve got a few to recommend.