How hard can buying or selling a home be without the help of a realtor? Many buyers and sellers find themselves asking this question before realizing just how difficult it can be to navigate the real estate market without the help of a professional. If you’re still wondering why it’s necessary to work with a qualified real estate agent, read these reasons why:
Three letters: MLS.
The Multiple Listing Service, or MLS as it is more commonly known as, is the service that provides real estate agents with information on what homes are currently on the market. There’s one catch though: this service is not available to the general public, which means if you are not working with an agent, you don’t get access to the MLS. When your property isn’t listed on the MLS, other agents won’t see it so they won’t be able to bring their buyers to it, either. Don’t try to buy or sell a home without access to the MLS. It’s always wise to work with a realtor for this reason.
A real estate agent’s experience working in the real estate market is priceless. These agents will be able to tell you which neighborhoods are worth looking at, how you should price your home for sale, how much you should bid on a home you’re interested in, and oh yeah, they can help with contracts, too. Have you ever tried to put together a bid on a home on your own? Legal documents are confusing for people without experience and knowledge, so having an agent around is beneficial when it comes to the paperwork.
Getting into the homes.
Have you ever noticed that homes for sale usually have lockboxes on the front door to prevent people from getting into the home who shouldn’t be there? When you schedule a tour of a home with a real estate agent, he or she calls the seller’s agent to get the key or code to get into the home. If you are not working with an agent, you will have to make the call on your own. Chances are, a seller’s agent will be hesitant to give a stranger the code, but will have no problem turning it over to a licensed real estate agent. Because of this, it can be difficult for you to even see the home you’re interested in without the help of an agent.
It’s free, so why not?
Contrary to popular belief, buyers do not have to pay a dime of commission to real estate agents. The seller is responsible for paying both his own and your agent once the deal has gone through. That’s why it makes zero sense to go through this process on your own as a buyer. It won’t cost you a penny, but it will save you a lot of time and frustration, so there’s no downside to working with a real estate agent when you are trying to buy a home.
Now that you know why you need a realtor to purchase or sell a home, it’s time to get in touch with one! Contact our team of real estate experts at Coast 2 Coast Realty who have years of experience listing and selling in the Tampa area.