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Do You Even Need A REALTOR® To Buy A Home
Dated: February 14 2016
Spring is coming, and that means the ideal time to buy a home is approaching, according to Realtor.com. It’s easier to move in the spring or summer because school is out, and you don’t have to deal with snow. One of the most important things to consider when you are going to look for a home to buy is how to prepare your finances; regardless of your price range, you will need to figure out how you are going to pay for the home. Once you are sure you can afford a home, and you begin to prepare your finances, you can start looking. One question you will need to answer is whether you should use a realtor to purchase your new home. Although there are many pros and convenient aspects to using a realtor, doing so isn’t the right choice in every situation.
There are many advantages to using a realtor when searching for a home. A realtor will probably know more about the area you are searching in than you do; this is usually the case, but it is especially true if you are moving to a new area. The realtor can consider all the different requirements or wants that you desire for your new home, and take homes that don’t fit your list out of the running.
Realtors also often have access to advanced searching methods and are able to complete a comparative market analysis for you (you can do this yourself too if you want to put the work in). They also may have contacts with other realtors who can make suggestions. Because realtors see many homes with different clients, they can also save you time by narrowing your search down based on which homes they have seen that might or might not work for you.
Agents also have experience negotiating price, so they may be able to save you a significant amount of money by using the negotiation tactics they learn in classes. Because they take classes in various real estate matters, their training makes realtors an ideal choice for finding your perfect home. Realtors who are members of the National Association of Realtors have to follow a code of ethics and they are required to protect you as their client; it can truly benefit you to have someone advocating for you when you are purchasing a home, which is a large purchase for most buyers. Real estate agents should know all rules and policies that are involved in purchasing a home.
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