Advances in technology have made it simple for people to begin the homebuying process online. Browsing photos of homes while on the go is easy using a smartphone, and taking virtual tours of homes can help buyers decide which ones to tour in person.
With so many resources available to consumers, you may ask yourself, “Do I really need a REALTOR®?”
We believe the answer is “Yes!” To help make our case, we made a list of 5 reasons why it’s a good idea to work with a licensed REALTOR® when buying or selling a home.
REALTORS® are obligated to abide by a strict code of ethics designed to protect the public. A REALTOR’S® first responsibility is to represent their clients’ best interest. When working with a REALTOR®, buyers and sellers can expect transparency and professionalism in all transactions.
Another benefit to working with a REALTOR® is having access to an industry professional with current experience. For most people, buying or selling a home is not an everyday occurrence. Tackling the process alone can be overwhelming. Clients can expect REALTORS® to act as their trusted advisor and have detailed knowledge of current best practices.
A wide array of home search apps and websites offer consumers a look at what’s on the market, but they don’t always paint a complete picture. Sometimes, available properties do not show up in the search results on popular online home search services. REALTORS® can help clients find listings that may not be accessible through search sites. They can also help filter through outdated and off-the-market listings that may show up in online search results.
Clients can expect their REALTOR® to have a high degree of local knowledge. From neighborhoods to local events, shopping, dining, and more: REALTORS® are area experts.
When it comes time to negotiate, a REALTOR® can be an especially valuable resource to have on your side. REALTORS® have a comprehensive understanding of the negotiation process, and they put their expertise to work to achieve the best outcome for their clients.
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