Whether you are buying or selling, you should be working with a real estate agent. Legally, you are fine to buy or sell without a real estate agent. However, there are many reasons why you should choose to work with an agent and just some of the reasons are here.
Why you should have a real estate agent when buying
The agent won't be driven by emotion
When you are looking to purchase a home, it is easy to get emotional over things because you may really want a home, but the sellers aren't working with you on certain things as much as you think they should. This can cause some people to lose their cool and end up not being able to successfully negotiate, and this is where an agent can be helpful to you.
The agent will be experienced when it comes to repairs
Requesting repairs to be done can be one of the trickier parts of buying a home. However, this will be something an agent knows how to navigate well. They will often catch possible problems you may not have seen and they will likely be able to recommend an inspector or a repair company. This means the agent can help save you from buying a home that ends up surprising you with problems shortly after moving in.
Why you should have a real estate agent when selling
The agent will know how much your home can sell for
There are a lot of factors that come into play when deciding how much to list your home for. The real estate agent will know the market, know how to use comps, and know how to adjust the price according to the timeframe you have to sell it in.
The agent may already have potential buyers or can find them fast
When you list your home with a real estate agent, they may already be working with buyers who are looking for a home just like yours. This can lead to an extremely quick sale and can be a big benefit of working with an agent. Even if they aren't working with buyers who are looking for a home like yours themselves, they may know of another agent in their office who has a client that would be interested in your home. If not, they have all the advertising experience and resources necessary to start getting people out to look at your home quickly.
Contact a real estate agent today to learn more.