The Perfect Property

3 Big Reasons Why You Need A Real Estate Agent

by Zachary Thompson

Are you wanting to buy a home for yourself and your family? Have you already started looking for your dream home? Homeownership is one of the biggest goals that a family can have. This also makes it one of the most complicated and difficult to achieve for a variety of reasons. That doesn't mean that it's impossible, only that it takes more effort than something like buying a car. Thankfully, while you can't easily get professional assistance in choosing which vehicle is right for you, you can get help finding the best possible home for yourself and your family. Getting an agent to help you with your search is a good idea for a variety of reasons, including:

More choices: When you look at your local classified and/or online listings for real estate, it can be easy to assume that this is all there is. However, a lot of homes get sold before they even have time to appear in these locations. A real estate agent has direct access to the database that holds new listings, meaning that an agent is able to notify you of a new listing and even to get you a tour of the property and allow you to make an offer on the property hours or even days before it would otherwise show up online. This gives you the best chance of finding the right place, getting a jump on all the people who are not using their real estate agent's listings.

No cost to you: Some people avoid real estate agents because they are afraid of having to pay high fees for the privilege of using one. While it might be a thing in other countries that the buyer has to pay the agent, this is not true in the US. It is the seller's responsibility to pay both your agent and his or her agent, meaning that using an agent will cost you nothing out of pocket.

More free time: If you don't use a real estate agent, you'll have to spend a lot of time on the phone trying to get in contact with people who can show you whatever home that you're interested in. This can mean hours of calls during working hours, depending on how many homes you're interested in. With an agent on your side, all you'll have to do is tell him or her when you're available to tour a property and let him or her arrange the details. This will allow you to avoid having to take time off of work or having to spend even more money on having someone babysit your kids just so you can make these arrangements.

Look for a real estate agent in the area you want to move to.