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Why Hire a REALTOR® (Part 1 of 3)

“Reasons to Hire a REALTOR®” (Part 1 of 3)

With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes ask me, “Why should we hire a real estate agent?” They wonder, and rightfully so, if they couldn’t buy or sell a home through the Internet or through regular marketing and advertising channels without representation, without a real estate agent. Some do OK, 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.

1. Experience and Education

You don’t need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional who does. Henry Ford once said that when you hire people who are smarter than you are, it proves you are smarter than they are. The trick is to find the right person. 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. REALTORS® 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 their 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 tire-kickers and try to induce serious buyers to immediately write an offer.

3. Neighbourhood Knowledge

REALTORS® either possess intimate knowledge or they know where to find the industry info about your neighbourhood. They can 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. For example, you may know that a home down the street was on the market for $350,000, but an agent will know it had upgrades and sold at $315,000 after 65 days on the market and after twice falling out of pending.

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  1. It is much more safer to hire a real estate agent because they know the ins and outs of the business and they have far more experience that you. But, like you said, the trick is finding the right person for the job. Personally, I prefer those who are referred to me by word of mouth especially if its from friends and relatives.

  2. It is much more safer to hire a real estate agent because they know the ins and outs of the business and they have far more experience that you. But, like you said, the trick is finding the right person for the job. Personally, I prefer those who are referred to me by word of mouth especially if its from friends and relatives.

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