Yes, navigating a real estate purchase can be difficult and confusing! The web has made it possible to do some legwork yourself, but there’s no substitute for an experienced professional. Also, the popular consumer sites don’t always have the most updated information available to the buyer. An excellent negotiator who knows the market can save you time, money and heartache by helping you make the right offer, standing firm when necessary, and explaining and staying on top of the process from start to finish.
If you see a listing you like, don’t just call the listing agent. Do some research on the consumer and brokerage sites for agents that cover the specific geographic area you are interested in. Read client’s testimonies and also visit the agent’s website. You need an agent who will represent you, get the best possible price for the home and walk you through the inspection and mortgage process. Make sure you feel comfortable with the agent’s communication style as well as the background of the agent you use. The elements of trust, confidentiality and having your best interests at the center of the relationship is essential.
Another important point to note, the seller of the property pays the real estate commission for both the buyer and seller’s agents, so you have everything to gain from using a buyer’s agent!
If you or anyone you know would like to buy or sell a home, please refer them to me.