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Why Should I Use A Realtor®?

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.

Realtor with couple buying home

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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Comment balloon 10 commentsJohn Mulkey • November 24 2009 05:39PM


John, I feel so incredibly silly.  I had no idea you weren't an agent.  I just assumed you were.  You certainly fit in well amoung us.  :)  I, for one, am glad you're here.  You are always full of incredibly helpful information and great insights into our economy. 

Posted by Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO (RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers) over 10 years ago

Okay, still reeling from the fact that you aren't an agent.  I guess I'm just really impressed.  Having specialized in new construction for the past 10 years, I've worked with a lot of builders....and none were as in touch with real estate as you are, much less know how to turn a computer on.  Again...I'm impressed.

Posted by Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO (RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers) over 10 years ago

Lina - Thanks for the nice comments.  While I'm not a Realtor, I did once stay at a Holiday Inn Express  :  )

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru ( over 10 years ago

I love your personal website, lots of info.  Thannk you for a wonderful blog also!

Posted by Trisha P Realty Group, "Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home" (Realty Executives) over 10 years ago

Trisha - Thanks for visiting and for your comments. I just realized that I forgot to add the link in the post, but it's okay now.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru ( over 10 years ago

As with anything in life, there are those who don't value a professional in any capacity. It is our job to continuously educate them on our value as real estate professionals. Carry on.

Posted by James K Barath, CMPS, FICO Pro, Certified Military Housing Specialist (Canopy Mortgage, LLC) over 10 years ago

John-Thanks for the blog post.  I totally agree with your logic.  Just as anyone would turn to an accountant, attorney or physician; a Realtor should be the same. 


Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 10 years ago

James - I try to share the word : )

Debra - It is logical, and while some of my experiences were better than others, I've benefited greatly from the assistance and guidance of Realtors during my career.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru ( over 10 years ago


Great Post.  It is unfortunate, who want to do it alone, do not see the benefits of working with agent in the home search or selling of their home.

Thanks for sharing,

Matt Naumann

Posted by Matthew Naumann, Goose Creek, SC Real Estate Agent (Exit Realty Charleston Group) over 10 years ago

Matt - It's not that I'm biased, I've seen and experienced the benefits.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru ( over 10 years ago