In this internet-driven society we are almost always drawn to look online when making a purchase, either to check out pricing to get the best deal or to actually buy. We don’t have to run around different stores, carry heavy items home, or worry about not finding exactly what we want. Buying online is convenient.
Can the same be said for home buying? It does offer you the freedom of looking at everything and anything on the market. You can also narrow your search down within your price range, neighborhood, home size, etc. but this is where the services of a real estate agent are going to maximize your search experience and eliminate the stress. Why make the process of buying a home harder than it needs to be.
We all lead busy lives so it makes sense to pass on one aspect of ours to a person whose actual job it is is to help people with their home search. Here is a list of things the real estate agent can you do for you before you need to start touring the homes.
- Set up a targeted home search on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which is the most accurate resource for active listings.
- Check through the listing results to identify the most appropriate properties. If there are any items which need clarification your agent will call the listing agent for answers. In each listing there are private remarks which the general public don’t see. There may be items in these remarks which could eliminate the property from your consideration.
- You may be looking in a certain price range but your agent may find a home that you normally would not have considered because it has been overpriced. They will know that and may steer you towards considering that home, understanding that there could be sine wiggle room.
- One of the biggest consumers of time is touring homes. There may be several that you are interested in seeing at once. Imagine trying to coordinate the showings with several different listing agents and timing each showing efficiently. That is an art in itself. Your agent is used to this, and can plan the time between each showing efficiently.
- When visiting each home your agent can provide some background on the neighborhood, if you are unfamiliar with it, and also give you an idea of comparable homes that are on the market or have recently sold.
You may not want to use a real estate agent until after you have identified the home you would like to buy to help you negotiate through the purchase process, but why would you not use one to handle the actual mechanics of the search. You are going to save so much time and energy and you do not have to worry you are missing out on something. More to the point you could end up buying a property you may never have found on your own.
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