Why do I need a real estate agent?

In the Internet age of Zillow and Facebook, you may be wondering why you still need a real estate agent when you can just search for properties on your own. All the information you need is available for free online, right? But finding a property you love is just the first step in a long and complicated process. Here’s how having a dedicated real estate agent by your side can help:

Real estate agents are home finding experts. We know how to navigate the MLS and other real estate databases to find homes that specifically meet your criteria, so you’re not wasting time on homes that don’t meet your needs.

Real estate agents are master negotiators. We fight for our clients to ensure the best deal possible in all transactions.

Real estate agents are project managers. We oversee every step of the process, and keep in touch with lawyers and lenders to make sure the process goes smoothly.

Real estate agents are problem solvers. If an issue arises, we’ll help you find the best solution to address the problem in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Real estate agents are experienced. We know the local market, so we know when a property is overpriced or priced just right. We also know what to look for when browsing listings, submitting offers, or reviewing inspection reports. We can point out red flags and guide you in your decision-making process.

Real estate agents are familiar with the mortgage process. Everyone’s financial situation is different, so we can connect you with the local lenders and loan options that work best for you!

Real estate agents are thorough researchers. We spend all of our free time browsing listings, analyzing market data, and staying current on local real estate matters so that we’re prepared to help you when you need us.

Real estate agents are local area experts. Need a good referral for a contractor, electrician, plumber, or pool technician? We can help! We work with a lot of local businesses, and can point you in the right direction.

Real estate agents are there for you. When you rely on a web-based service or try to navigate the process on your own, who can you turn to with questions or concerns? With a licensed real estate agent, you always have someone available to help.

Real estate agents are free for home buyers. That’s right – most buyers won’t pay a penny for their real estate agent. In our area, it’s typical for the buyer’s agent to be paid by the seller, so there’s no reason not to work with a professional, licensed realtor!