10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent
February 22, 2018 | Administrative Assistant
With so much information readily available online, you may be thinking, "Why should we hire a real estate agent?" You also probably wonder how you could buy or sell a home through the Internet without a real estate agent. Some people make it out alive; many don't. So if you've  wondered the same thing, here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional real estate agent or broker.

1. Education & Experience                                                 
You don't need to know everything about  buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional  who does. The trick is to find the right person. For the most part, they all cost roughly the same. Why not hire a  person with more education and experience than you? We're all looking  for more precious time in our lives, and hiring pros gives us that time.
             
2. Agents Are Buffers                                                                  
Agents take the spam out of your property showings and visits. If you're a buyer of new homes, your agent will whip out her sword and keep the builder's agents at  bay, preventing them from biting or nipping at your heels. If you're a  seller, your agent will filter all those phone calls that lead to  nowhere from  lookie loos and try to induce serious buyers to write an offer immediately.
 
3. Neighborhood Knowledge                                                                  
Agents can help identify comparable sales and hand these facts to you, in addition to pointing you in the  direction where you can find more data on schools, crime or  demographics.
             
4. Price Guidance                                                                  
Contrary to what some people believe,  agents do not select prices for sellers or buyers. However, an agent  will help to guide clients to make the right choices for themselves. Selling agents will ask buyers to weigh all the data supplied to them and to choose a  price. Then based on market supply, demand and the conditions, the agent  will devise a negotiation strategy.
             
5. Market Conditions Information                                                                  
Real estate agents can disclose market conditions, which will govern your selling or  buying process. Many factors determine how you will proceed. Data such  as the average per square foot cost of similar homes, median and average sales prices, average days on market and ratios of list-to-sold prices, among other criteria, will have a huge bearing on what you ultimately decide to do.
             
 6. Professional Networking                                                                  
Real estate agents network with other  professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to buy  or sell. Agents can provide a list of references with whom  they have worked and provide background information to help you make a  wise selection.
             
7. Negotiation Skills & Confidentiality                                                                  
Good agents are  professionals who are trained to present their client's case in the best  light and agree to hold client information confidential from competing  interests.
             
 8. Handling Volumes of Paperwork                                                                  
One-page deposit receipts were prevalent in the early 1970s. Today's purchase agreements run ten pages or more. That does not include the federal- and  state-mandated disclosures nor disclosures dictated by local custom.  Most real estate files average thicknesses from one to three inches of  paper.
             
 9. Answer Questions After Closing                                                                  
Even the smoothest transactions that close  without complications can come back to haunt. For example, taxing authorities that collect property tax assessments, doc stamps or  transfer tax can fall months behind and mix up invoices, but one call to  your agent can straighten out the confusion. Many questions can pop up  that were overlooked in the excitement of closing. Good agents stand by  ready to assist. Worthy and honest agents don't leave you in the dust to  fend for yourself.
             
10. Develop Relationships for Future Business                                                                  
The basis for an agent's success and  continued career in real estate is referrals. Few agents would survive  if their livelihood was dependent on consistently drumming up new  business. This emphasis gives agents strong incentives to make certain  clients are happy and satisfied. It also means that an agent who stays  in the business will be there for you when you need to hire an agent  again.

Ready to take the plunge and list your home? Give one of our agents a call today.

716 Realty Group
147 Delaware Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150
716-362-2373
www.716realtygroup.com
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