Nearly 90% of all buyers and sellers use the services of a realtor for their transactions. Realtors are not just there to help you find the home of your dreams, or to find a buyer for your home..They offer a host of services that help protect your investment. Buying a home is the most expensive purchase most people will make in their lifetime, and having someone who knows the laws on your side is never a bad thing.
Here’s why using a Realtor is not only smart but a crucial piece to your success as a buyer or seller:
Home search help. These days many people browse the internet to look for homes but there’s many things about a home that cannot be determined online nor without the help of a professional. Knob and Tube Wiring? A realtor can discuss that. Polybutylene piping? Your realtor may notice this type of plumbing during a home showing and inform you that it is prone to bursting. A good realtor can help you make the right choice when it comes to purchasing a home.
Connecting you to trustworthy professionals. Your realtor will be able to point you to home inspectors, title agencies, and other professionals that may be needed during your home buying or selling experience. Realtors often times have experience in working with various professionals and can direct you to the best choices.
Code of Ethics. Realtors are professionals that are our held to a strict code of ethics put in place by the National Association of Realtors.
Fiduciary responsibility. When you form a professional relationship with a realtor, they are working for you. Your realtor is bound by contract to look out for your best interests and to protect you during the home buying or home selling process.
Pricing and Selling. Yes, you can go to many online real estate sites and see estimates for the price of your home but did you know that these estimates can be off by as much as 35%? The data used by such sites can at times be up to 12 months old. Realtors live and breath real estate in your local area. They have access to the most current data available on your neighborhood. This can lead to maximizing the potential earnings of your home.
Contracts and negotiations. Did you think finding the perfect home was the hard part and now it’s all downhill? Think again. Contracts can be very complex and include addendums and more. Do you have the knowledge to navigate these documents and protect yourself? A realtor is your advocate, they work for you. A good realtor will help you craft an offer that makes sense for both the buyers and the sellers.
Real estate regulations. Real estate laws are constantly changing. A realtor must stay up to date on these changes to the real estate laws, regulations, contracts, and best practices. Your realtor will use this knowledge to help you navigate through the entire home buying or selling process.
Roberta Corrin is a Northeast Ohio real estate Realtor serving Stark County, Summit County, Wayne County, Tuscarawas County, Holmes County, Carroll County, and Coshocton County.