The real estate market can be complicated, especially depending on where you live. Some areas are buyers’ markets and others are sellers’ markets.

Knowing the market value of the property that you want to buy can help you set a realistic budget and avoid paying more than the home is actually worth.

While you can buy a home without an agent, most experts don’t recommend it. Real estate agents can take the guesswork out of buying a home.

They can help you to establish a timeline in which to achieve your goals and they’re willing to help you along every step of the way.

Buying a home in California can be daunting for many. They may know a little about the market, but most don’t know enough to be able to make an informed buying decision.

Here are a few ways in which an agent can be your biggest asset when it comes to buying a home:

1. Realtors have connections that ordinary people don’t have.

You may have a few connections depending on who you know and what your line of work is.

However, most people don’t have nearly the network of connections that a realtor has.

They are not only in constant contact with home sellers but also appraisers, title companies, mortgage brokers, contractors, local government officials and many more.

They know just about everyone that you may need to be involved with when buying a home.

2. They have a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Most realtors have been in business for years. They know the market and they know the neighborhoods that they sell in.

They know what to do in both sellers’ markets and buyers’ markets. They also have experience in processing the paperwork that is typically involved with most real estate transactions.

They know how long each step of the process takes and can give you helpful advice to navigate carefully through each one.

3. An agent will work for you tirelessly.

When you hire a real estate agent, you become one of their top priorities. Dedicated realtors work long hours every week for their clients.

They are scouting properties, comparing prices, reviewing listings and trying to make sure that you get the best deal for your money.

They are often the first ones to contact the appraiser, title company, home seller and other important people involved in the home sale.

They are often in constant contact with their clients and take the time to listen to their questions and address their concerns in a timely manner.

 

4. They know what to search for.

Because realtors actively listen to their clients, they know what to look for when someone is interested in buying a home.

They use relevant information as search criteria, such as the type of neighborhood, type of home and budget range.

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They narrow down all the available information into the select properties that best meet their customers’ needs.

They aren’t there to offer a “one size fits all” solution because they know that every client’s situation is different.

Real estate agents want their customers to be completely satisfied. This is not only good customer service but can also be the start of a long-term client relationship.

5. Realtors adhere to a strict code of ethics.

Realtors® are licensed real estate agents that belong to the National Association of Realtors. They are usually held to higher standards of conduct and ethics than licensed agents.

Realtors® are also held to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. They are expected to treat all parties fairly and honestly in every transaction.

There can also be stiff penalties, fines or other consequences for realtors who do not adhere to these guidelines.

6. They are savvy negotiators.

Negotiations are inevitable whenever a home is bought or sold. There may be concessions, counter offers or even bidding wars.

Experienced realtors are good negotiators.

They can sniff out legitimate offers and empty promises.

A realtor can help you create a purchase agreement that includes a reasonable offer that adds enough time for the offer to be reviewed by the home seller, the home inspection to be performed and closing paperwork to be finalized.

7. Realtors explain things in terms that anyone can understand.

Most of us don’t understand real estate jargon and abbreviations. We’re not in the industry, so the terms don’t mean much to us.

Realtors understand the confusion and break things down into simple terms and concepts that anyone can comprehend.

They cut through the clutter and provide information and documents that make things easier for both parties.

Having a realtor in your corner can be your best asset when you are thinking about buying a home. They are on your side, and they want you to succeed.

They realize that this is a significant commitment both personally and financially. It’s not a decision that should be taken lightly.

Real estate agents take the time to get things done the right way. They will meet with you to find out what kind of home you’re looking for and what your price range is.

They will also ask supplemental questions such as house styles, neighborhoods and others so that they can find the best properties that meet your needs.

Most of them don’t mind if you call them on weekends or after hours. They know that this is a nerve-wracking process, and there will always be questions or concerns that come up from time to time. They want you to be happy and confident in your buying decision.

A home is an investment in your future, somewhere that you’ll probably be spending most of your life in. It should be something that you’re proud to own.

Hiring a real estate agent can make the decision easier. You’re employing someone with years of experience and knowledge of the local market.

A good realtor takes the guesswork out of the equation for you. They do everything in their power to find a perfect house in the perfect location, a house that will eventually become your new home.

Have Questions? Ask Leslie!

Give Leslie Stirewalt a call today at 916-548-8629 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling a house, or tour available homes for sale.

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