- Realtors Facilitate the Process
There are so many details that go into buying and selling a home. Realtors work as client advocates to navigate through the entire process, step by step, assisting with the search for a new home, what price to list your home for, and the [what seems to be] endless paperwork. Realtors wear many hats – marketing, data analysis, sales – so you don’t have to. Realtors are the experts that will help you maximize your investment.
- Realtors Offer Great Resources
At the Northwest Home Team, they are just that: a team. When you choose to use one realtor, all of them are available to you. The Northwest Home Team combines up-to-date technology with good old fashioned customer service. When clients call the office, the call gets sent to each realtor to ensure somebody can answer the call. The Northwest Home Team site receives a direct feed from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that updates every 15 minutes. This ensures clients are always looking at accurate and current information on homes that are listed.
Realtors are also seasoned in the home buying and selling process. Having the expertise in the process and in an ever-changing market gives clients the advantage that can help them to save money and also warn clients of potential red flags.
Not only is buying or selling a home a huge transaction, there is a lot of research and information realtors can collect for you. For example, if you are looking to buy a home, you can simply give your realtor your search criteria and they can send you listings that only fall on your wish list – just like your own personalized home-buying catalog for you to pick and choose from instead of having to research multiple sites.
If you are selling your home, your realtor will be able to solicit calls from potential buyers, answer questions and make appointments, all while you go on with your typical day-to-day life. Buyers also appreciate working with realtors who are readily available to them.
- Realtors Act as Mediators
Unfortunately, during the negotiation process not everything always goes smoothly. You can be truthful and honest with your realtor about your disdain for the décor and finishes, who will then act as a buffer when relaying that information to the seller’s agent without insulting the homeowner. Realtors also act in the best interest of their clients so they will do their best to protect and maximize your investment in the end transaction, especially if buyers are trying to haggle at the price.
Realtors can’t lie – er, they can but they aren’t supposed to. And if they do, there are far more repercussions than for a private buyer or seller. If you are working with a licensed agent under an agency agreement, the agent is bound by license law to act in his/her client’s best interests.
Realtors also rely on referrals to keep their business running, this means working in their clients best interest is also, in fact, in their best interest as well. If, in the end, you have been duped, there are more avenues of recourse to protect you and come out unscathed if you worked with a realtor, as opposed to buying or selling on your own.