If you are asking yourself, “My neighbor sold his own home, why shouldn’t we?” then you have come to the right place to get answers. While the idea of selling your own home is enticing, it could end up costing you more than a realtor’s commission. Buying or selling a home is a major financial and emotional project and quite possibly one of the most important tasks of your life. Attempting to do this yourself is not for the faint of heart.
Realtors KNOW and Advise
Your agent can help assure that you are buying a home that is safe, sound and priced fairly according to the current market. They also advise and will direct you to all of the professionals, city or county resources, home or local vendors and information you will need in your move.
Realtors KNOW and are Trained Negotiators
Negotiating Is Tricky Business. Realtors have knowledge, experience and negotiation skills that cannot be picked up by non-licensed individuals. As experts in their market or neighborhood, they advise you with the home buying process and skills that will land you the right house and negotiate the best and fair price and terms.
Many people are not fond of the idea of conducting a real estate deal through an agent and think that direct negotiation between buyers and sellers is more transparent and easier. This could be true–assuming that both the buyer and seller are reasonable people who are able to get along. Unfortunately, this isn’t always an easy relationship and sometimes people don’t get along. Surprised? A real estate agent is the neutral buffer, preventing the hostility between a buyer and seller that could jeopardize a deal. An agent will speak for you in tough transactions and to keep them from getting personal.
Realtors KNOW the Complexity of Real Estate Transactions
Realtors are trained and work with contracts consistently. This is what they do. They can help you understand what the documents say, what is the importance of the document and how it protects you. Realtors also explain the process from offer to closing.
Realtors KNOW and Explain the Terms for You
Realtors facilitate all required paperwork and they systematically handle the contract tasks according to the deadlines. The real estate contract is time/date contingent. If you are not aware of deadlines and the ramifications of missing them, it could land you in hot water.
Realtors KNOW Good Investments
Your agent will advise if a home is a solid investment or how the value compares to similar homes in the area.
Realtors KNOW and Have Access to Current Market Data
Our relationship with the Houston MLS gives our realtors access to the most recent information regarding home sales and new listings. This is vital to knowing what price you should be looking at in either a purchase of a home or in selling your home.
Realtors KNOW and are Objective
Buying or selling your home is emotional and deeply personal to most people. It is understandable that homeowners can sometimes get swept up with emotion in the more difficult parts of the transaction. Having an objective third party that represents you during these times will limit or remove stress altogether.
Realtors KNOW and are Informed of Current Law
Since most people buy and sell only a few homes in their lifetime, you can bet that laws and regulations change since their last transaction, not to mention the market changes as well. Realtors are informed of the changing laws and regulations
Realtors KNOW and Arrange for Showings
A real estate agent’s full-time job is to communicate between buyers and sellers. This means that your agent has access to all other properties listed by other agents. For example, if you are looking to buy a home, a real estate agent will locate homes that meet your criteria, arrange and make appointments for you to view the homes. If you don’t have a realtor you will have to figure it out on your own.
Sellers, if you are looking to sell your home yourself, you will take calls from interested parties, answer questions and take time off of your work schedule if you are employed to show your home. This can cause great inconvenience in your life. If you do find a buyer who is interested, verifying that they qualify to buy your home is another matter altogether. Seek a Realtor’s advice.
Realtors KNOW and Tell The Truth! Estate Agents Can’t Lie
We are bound by our license and a strict code of ethics enforced by the Texas Real Estate Commission. This gives buyers and sellers Peace of Mind that the facts are true about the transaction at any given time. Unlicensed citizens are NOT licensed and are not bound by this code of ethics and therefore are not held accountable to telling the truth.