Working with a licensed pro to compare homes, negotiate an offer, and navigate myriad specifics and paperwork will save you time and ease your mind. Consider these points.
1 The best source for finding one? Friends who just bought or sold a house.
2 Who’s a REALTOR®? A real estate pro who is a member of the National Association of Realtors and commits to the organization’s code of ethics
3 Your agent can recommend other team members, such as the lender, inspector, and title company.
4 They’re trained to compare homes, communicate promptly, and keep up with financing options.
5 Your agent can handle the arrangements if you find a “for sale by owner” home.
6 Agents have access to a proprietary database of homes for sale known as a multiple listing service (MLS).
7 Agents know the pros and cons of your neighborhood
8 Moving out of town? A real estate agent where you live now can connect you with an agent in your new city.
9 You might be able to hire your agent as a property manager if you choose to rent rather than sell your house.
10 Bonus: your agent might also be a notary—handy for future business paperwork.
11They can recommend contractors and other home improvement pros.
12 The agent you choose looks out for your best interests.
SOURCE: BETTER HOMES & GARDENS® MAY 2022 ISSUE