Buying a home is considered one of the most stressful things you will ever do, but, it’s also one of the most exciting purchases you’ll ever make. Whether you are a first-time buyer, or you have purchased a home before, it is a complex transaction and it is one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make. As a result, the buying and selling experience requires some handholding and expert knowledge. That’s why you need a realtor. While we can help with title and escrow, a realtor is your advocate, negotiator and confidante throughout the entire process.
Today, companies like Redfin are shaking up the homebuying process, which is not necessarily a bad thing, although from experience, Landmark Title would still argue that hiring a realtor to help with the process is a wise decision. Here a just a few of the benefits of working directly with a realtor:
6 benefits of hiring a realtor
When selling your home your main goal is to get the most for the property. Your realtor will work with you to provide the guidance that you need to enhance the value of the home. “There’s a reason almost 90 percent of sellers use a listing agent,” says Susan Harris, a Scottsdale-based realtor. “Selling a home takes time, knowledge of neighborhood trends, and negotiating skills.”
A realtor has access to all existing inventory in your home’s locale, so they can work out a pricing strategy based purely on current market value. “The market is shifting every day. It’s the agent’s job to keep abreast of those changes,” says Ryan Fitzpatrick, director of sales for New York real estate agency CORE.
Your realtor will have a plethora of resources at their fingertips to get your property maximum exposure, that goes far beyond putting it up on the MLS. “A good agent will market your home aggressively. That means recommending staging techniques to make the place look great, maximizing the listing with professional-quality photographs, and showing the house to prospective buyers. Most importantly, the agent will vet potential buyers so you can deal only with serious prospects,” adds Harris.
Realtors know their way around a contract, and they know how to negotiate the best outcome for their client, while paying attention to the fine print and explaining any of the jargon that seems like another language!
Having a realtor manage the process through closing is crucial. There’s a lot of moving parts, legal rules and regulations, so having someone in your corner to oversee your home buying journey or the sale of your property is best practice.
Any and all issues that arise (and they do!). There are many challenges involved when selling and/or buying a home. Your realtor knows you have a vested interest because they do too and that’s just brass tacks. The nuances of the process are not lost on them, they know how to work with the lender, inspector, appraiser, other agents and the title company too and troubleshooting is their forte.
At Landmark Title, our residential team has a combined experience of more than 40 years. Our experience means we can foresee challenges that may delay a closing. Moreover, we have the insight and knowledge but pride ourselves on our personalized approach to deliver solutions and options so that obstacles can be overcome.
If you are a realtor, a buyer or a seller that has questions about Title on a specific property or you are in need of escrow services, give us a call.