Wait, Do I Really Need an Agent?

Wait, Do I Really Need an Agent?

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Why would I use a real estate agent? It’s 2019; can’t I just do everything myself online?

Listing your home yourself is called a For Sale by Owner or FSBO. While a handful listings may begin this way, only 8% of home sales are finished without a realtor. This is why over 90% of homeowners decide to list with a certified agent.

You may think that buying/selling a home is something you can easily tackle on your own, but there’s so many intricacies that only professionals know how to handle. Choosing to list your home yourself only adds extra steps and extra stress to you! Let an Accel agent take that weight off your shoulders. Here are some of the many reasons why an agent at Accel Realty Partners is the best option for you:

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Education and Expertise

You don’t need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional who does. The important part is finding the right person. Start your search at Accel Realty Partners where we have tons of qualified and experienced agents who can help you buy or sell a home. Click here to search our agents.

For the most part, all agents cost roughly the same, so why not hire an individual with more education and experience in real estate than you? The money you spend on an agent would have otherwise been spent on extra or unnecessary steps if you sold/bought a home without an agent. An agent will help the process go smoothly for you and save you time and money in the long run. They can do things that simply you cannot do.

We’re all searching for more time in our lives, and hiring professionals provides us that time. If you’re a seller, an agent will organize your home showings and visits. If you’re a buyer of a new home, your agent will do a lot of the searching for you. They will send you properties that pertain to your interests and when you decide on the one you want, they’ll help you negotiate for the best deal.

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Neighborhood Knowledge

Simply put, Agents know the market and important information that may affect your choices when buying or selling a home. They can identify similar sales in the area, in addition to giving you more information on schools, crime, or demographics. Their knowledge will help point you in the right direction.

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Pricing Help

FSBO homes often have an error in price—too high and the home won’t sell, or too low and they miss out on profit! Only licensed agents have access to the MLS that provides them important information to properly price a house.

Contrary to what some people believe, agents do not decide prices for sellers or buyers. But, an agent will help to guide clients to make the right decisions for themselves. An agent can inform a seller of what comparable homes are listed at and how fast they are selling at that price. Selling agents will then ask buyers to weigh all of the information provided to them and to finally choose a price. Then, based on market supply and demand, the agent will devise a negotiation approach with buyers.

Market Conditions Information

Real estate agents can explain to you the market conditions in your area, which will influence your buying or selling process. Several factors affect the decisions you’ll make. Data such as the average price per square foot of similar homes, average and median sales prices, average days on the market, and ratios of list-to-sold prices, among other criteria, will have a huge impact on when you decide to buy and sell and for how much.

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Increased Exposure

Part of a real estate agent’s job is to be a professional house marketer. Every agent has their own advertising and marketing system that works for them. Your selling agent will promote your home on their marketing platforms. More exposure contributes to more offers and more offers leads to a higher sales price—it’s not hard to see the advantage here! Click here to read more about real estate marketing.

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Professional Networking

Real estate agents network with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you’ll need whether you’re buying or selling—such as cleaning, remodels/repairs, and staging. Due to liability, many agents may be hesitant to recommend a particular individual or company over another, but they do know which vendors have a reputation for efficiency, competency, and reasonable pricing. Your agent is likely, however, to offer you a list of references with whom they’ve worked and provide background information that will help you make a wise choice. This way you’ll know you’re getting good service beforehand, and you won’t get gypped by someone doing a poor job. This also helps you feel confident buying a home that may need some touching up. Before even sealing the deal, you’ll know you have good professionals ahead of you to take care of the job.

Negotiation Skills and Confidentiality

Top producing agents negotiate well since they can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction, unlike most buyers and sellers. Agents are professionals who are trained to present their client’s case in the best light and agree to keep client information confidential from competing interests.

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Transaction Coordinating

Navigating a home sale or purchase all on your own is a big responsibility. You’ll quickly discover important deadlines and details that Agents are trained experts on. Most purchase agreements nowadays are about ten pages or longer. That doesn’t even include the federal-and-state-mandated disclosures nor disclosures dictated by local custom. If you took on all this paperwork yourself, one little mistake or omission could land you in court or cost you thousands. Hire a realtor, if for nothing else, for your own security in a real estate transaction.

Answer Questions After Closing

Even the smoothest transactions that close without complications could spark concerns in the future. For instance, taxing authorities that collect property tax assessments, doc stamps, or transfer tax can fall months behind and mix up invoices. But even after closing the deal, your agent is still there to help. Many questions can pop up that weren’t thought of during the excitement of closing. Good agents are always ready to clear up confusion.

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Develop Relationships for Future Business

The foundation for an agent’s success and continued career in real estate is referrals. This gives agents powerful incentives to make sure clients are happy and satisfied. Additionally, it usually means that an agent who stays in the business will be there for you when you need to hire an agent again.

It’s clear that hiring an agent doesn’t only lessen your work load as a seller, but it also reduces risk factors and saves you money. So when is a good time for you to buy or sell your home? Click here to learn about the current Boise real estate market and decide.

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