Purchasing a new home, especially your first home may be both exciting and foreboding and a lot of emotions in between! However, with the help of a professional REALTOR® early in the process you may quickly realize you are not alone and can relax and enjoy the journey!
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently released their 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers in which they surveyed recent home buyers and sellers about their experiences. An entire section of the profile is dedicated to buyers' experiences with their real estate agents.
Here are the top 5 benefits of using a real estate agent when buying your new home as cited by recent buyers:
If you are new to the home buying process, an experienced real estate professional can explain exactly what to expect during the entire transaction so you aren't caught off guard.
Whether it's pointing out possible uses for an extra bedroom/office, or using their trained eye to see potentially disastrous hazards that may be hiding out of site, your agent is there to protect your interests and make sure your home buying experience is a good one.
When it comes to negotiating the complex terms of your contract and coming to an agreement with the seller, it never hurts to have someone who has been there before on your side. If earlier in your search you found a couple of less than desirable features on the home you are going to purchase, your agent can make sure that contingencies are in place for you to pay the best price. Their analysis of comparable properties in the area will also help to make sure that your dream home is priced properly for the market.
Real estate agents are titans of networking. Many have a list of preferred providers who they have worked with in the past and who they trust to work as a part of your team to make your dream come true. This can include mortgage professionals (listed as the #8 reason to use an agent at 22%), home inspectors, plumbers, contractors, painters, landscapers, home stagers, and so many more!
Local real estate professionals are often members of community organizations and are usually well versed in their area's history. Their ties to the community make them a great resource whether you plan to relocate to a new area or across town.
If your plans for the coming year include purchasing your dream home, start your search with Montague Miller & Co and enlist the help of a local real estate partner who lives and works in the area and can help you make the most powerful and confident decisions for you and your family.