You’ll always be better off using a Realtor when buying a home, and there are eight key reasons why.
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Why buy a home with a Realtor? There are eight key reasons:
1. Agents have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information about available inventory. Online websites do not, however, have the same level of access to that information. You want to be able to connect with a Realtor and have access to all the homes that are available in your price range and the area you’re looking in instead of relying on inaccurate or out-of-date information.
2. We have your best interests in mind and can find you the best deals. Once you’ve found that perfect home, you’ll want a professional analysis of the other homes on the market to make sure the one you’re interested in is priced appropriately. Based on that analysis, we’ll determine how to structure your offer on your new home. That could mean saving you thousands of dollars.
3. An agent can help you mitigate risk throughout the transaction. You would be guided through the due diligence phase and all other phases of the transaction.
4. We can refer you to vendors such as title companies and/or attorneys to do the title search on the property. This is important because there could be easements, assessments, or liens on the property that you’ll want to be cleared up so when you do take possession of the home, you’ve got a clear title without any impediments.
5. We can help you with finances. In addition to the title company, it’s important that you have an agent working on your behalf to partner with your lender to handle your financing. There are a number of steps throughout the process of working with a lender where you’ll want an agent working with you to make sure your loan is fully funded and ready to go at closing.
6. We can help you understand certain key documents. When purchasing any property, there are important documents you’ll need obtain, such as association documents. Those association documents lay out the terms that are acceptable for you to live in the neighborhood your home is located in. They could specify that you can’t have pets or you can’t rent the property out. Those are important things you need to know, and working with a professional can help you review them so you understand them completely.
7. An agent will assist you with the final walk-through. Prior to closing, you have the right of a final walk-through. The purpose of this walkthrough is to make sure the home is in substantially the same condition as it was when you last viewed it during the previous showing or inspection so that when you take possession of the home, it’s in the same condition as it was when you wrote the purchase agreement. You need a real estate agent to partner with if it’s not in the same condition so they can help you rectify the situation.
8. Your agent can help you with the closing process. You’ll want a professional there with you on the closing date to review any and all documents and make sure any terms negotiated throughout the contract are upheld. Perhaps you’ll need proof that certain inspection items were completed or that, as we stated above, the home is in the condition that you expected it to be in.
If you have any other questions about how a Realtor can help you buy a home, don’t hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email. We’d love to talk with you.