Saves Time and Effort – Buying a home can be a very time consuming and exhausting process. Driving around town or looking on the internet for your ideal home can be costly and frustrating. Instead, give your list of requirements to a broker and he/she can access multiple resources based on your needs, book the showings and maximize your time. This will ensure you are not wasting your time visiting homes that do not fit your needs. Besides your efficient home search, a broker can offer huge time savings with making offers, negotiating the price, dealing with home inspections, helping with your financial needs and most importantly, ensuring the transaction goes smoothly. Why not save your time and energy for the excitement of moving into your new home!
Experience – Whether it’s your first home or your fifth, the home buying process is still complex and can be overwhelming. A Real Estate Broker has the required education and experience to help with the process. This is what they do for a living – everyday! Imagine tackling the complicated legal paperwork on your own. A brokers experience will also help you get the most value for your money. Brokers know market conditions and can answer all your questions about neighborhoods, schools, parks and can provide invaluable advice on problems or issues during the process. Hiring a broker provides the peace of mind that you are getting the home for the best price possible and the purchase proceeds effortlessly.
Understands Contract Specifics – Real Estate contracts can be very lengthy and complicated. A broker can help you through them and answer any questions you have about the process. Real Estate Brokers are licensed professionals who know these contracts inside and out. This is one of the biggest purchases of your life and having a professional at your side to help you obtain your ideal home is the smart choice. A Real Estate Broker will ensure the contract process is as seamless as possible and is in your best interests.
Negotiation Skills – You’ve searched and searched and found your dream home. Let the negotiations begin! Where do you start? How do you complete a market search to find out what the home is even worth? Will the market support the price? How do you know what the seller considers a serious offer? What inclusions, repairs or exclusions should you list? Real Estate brokers are equipped with excellent negotiating skills. They know how to get the best price possible, they know what a reasonable offer is, they can provide market research that supports the offer and they can help with the listing of inclusions, exclusions or repair requests. This can be a very stressful part of the process. If not handled professionally and efficiently, a deal could be lost and you would have to start all over again. A broker’s experience is invaluable during the negotiation stage.
Emotionally Removed – Buying a house can be a very emotional. This is a big purchase and perhaps where you will start and raise a family. Having a broker as an unbiased, emotionally removed party can keep the whole process grounded. Emotions are good to have when making a big decision, but sometimes our emotions get away from us. Having a broker there to be the rational voice will help keep things in balance ensuring you are making the right decisions.
Access to Homes/Information – It’s possible to spend hours and hours searching through numerous websites trying to find your dream home only to end your search without knowing if your specific requirements are contained in any of the listings. A Real Estate Broker has access to a vast amount of listings at their fingertips. They can match your specific needs to many MLS listings, as well as a huge network of other professionals to help them meet your needs. They may even be able to show you a home that is so new to the market it hasn’t hit the MLS system. The search process, without a doubt, is the biggest time consumer in the entire buying process. A Real Estate broker can have a list of homes that meet your needs within minutes. In addition to saving you time during your search, a broker also has extensive contacts including inspectors, lenders, attorneys, title people, construction trades and other real estate related resources. Their network of people can help with all your needs in a vast and extensive way. Access to information is a specialty of the professional Real Estate Broker. They are Information Central for the home buyer.