Many of those considering buying a home struggle with the question: Why should I use a Realtor®? While some assume they can save thousands by eliminating an agent's commission, others feel that the services of a real estate professional are no longer relevant in today’s tech savvy society. I strongly disagree.
I’m not an agent, have never held a real estate license, and have no vested interest in promoting the real estate profession. What I do is offer the advice of four decades of experience in real estate transactions. During my career I have bought and sold hundreds of properties, and in all but two instances I used the services of a Realtor®. The first, my first home, I purchased directly from my father; and the other, I purchased many years later from my employer. In both cases I was familiar with the homes, the seller, and felt comfortable that the transaction would be fair and honest. And, in both cases, I used a real estate attorney to check the title and to write the purchase agreement.
For those looking to purchase a home in today’s chaotic real estate market, it’s especially important to have the guidance of a professional. In virtually every case a real estate agent will help you work through the complicated process of locating a home, evaluating the price, alerting you to potential hazards, preparing an offer to purchase, providing guidance with financing, and scheduling the closing. Studies have shown that the majority of home buyers still find the services of a real estate agent invaluable during the home purchase process.
Not everyone agrees. Each time I’ve blogged about the importance of using the services of a Realtor® in the home buying or selling process, I’ve received comments from those who are certain they can go it alone. Most have either had bad experiences with a Realtor® or have heard stories about the unethical practices of some agents.
But it’s the same in all professions; there will always be some who are unprofessional or downright dishonest. You wouldn’t stop seeking advice from medical practitioners just because a few have been accused of malpractice. The complex issues of today’s housing market demand that buyers have the best advice and guidance available, the services offered by a dedicated real estate professional. But finding that perfect “teammate,” one who will guide you to success requires a diligent effort. Most agents are knowledgeable, hard-working, and honest—click HERE for tips to ensure you select one from this group—and earn the commissions they’re paid.
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