Let’s face it, searching for a home has changed drastically over the past decade. Sites like Zillow and Realtor.com have made it possible to view listings virtually as they hit the market. We no longer rely on agents to send us a list of homes that fit our ‘criteria’, because we can set our own filters online. With the emergence of these new platforms, homebuyers may be asking themselves Do I even need to use a real estate agent to find a home? We’re here to tell you that as tempting as it may be to forego an agent and try to find a home on your own, you’d be doing yourself a major disservice. Real estate agents are still imperative to a smooth home buying process and here are the reasons why…
Agents Are Experienced
The home buying process is confusing and frustrating, but an agent can alleviate some stress. They are well educated, experienced and ready to assist you in finding the perfect fit.
Agents Know The Area
Want to buy a house in an established, family-friendly neighborhood? Great schools and close to parks? Agents specialize in listening to your needs and finding the right homes in the best locations. They do the research, you reap the rewards.
Agents Handle The Paperwork
Titles, deeds, contracts, escrow accounts- the paperwork can add up fast. Instead of trying to decipher what you need, let an agent take care of it for you. All you need to do is sign the papers and move in!
Agents Are Mediators
Your schedule is already busy, so with trying to schedule home tours, price comparisons, market analysis, writing contracts, coordinating closings, and much more; who has the time? Your agent will do all these things and much more, so you can focus on what really matters.
Agents Are Pricing Gurus
Not sure how much house you can get for your price range? Agents are excellent at knowing the markets and helping guide you in discovering what you can get for the price you can afford. But be sure to get a pre-qualification from your lender! Not only will you know how much you can qualify for, but sellers will know you are serious and will be willing to negotiate!
Agents Are Master Negotiators
How much should you offer the seller? How low should you start? What do you think they would actually accept? Agents will work with the sellers to get the best possible deal, making sure the house you love is at a price you can afford.
Agents Are Up-To-Date On Market Trends
Is now the right time to buy? Agents keep a watchful eye on the housing market and will let you know the very best time to take action.
Agents Care About Finding You The Perfect Home
This is actually the most important reason to get an agent. They have made a career out of assisting people in one of life’s biggest purchases- they care about getting you in a home!
At Southern Trust Mortgage, our Loan Officers work closely with experienced Real Estate Agents every day. We value these partnerships and would love to recommend the perfect agent for your unique home buying situation. Get in touch with us today and we will get you started on the path to home ownership!