The widespread use of the Internet in real estate home sales nowadays begs the question, Why do you need a realtor if the Internet shows you all of the homes for sale? There are three major reasons why using a realtor to look for and buy your home will serve you better than going the DIY route. First, while the wealth of property listings on the Internet may seem like you can find your dream home on your own, an experienced real estate agent has access to even more listings that are available on sites such as Trulia and Zillow. While these sites do have many listings, they can, and often do, fall behind in real-time listing status updates. A professional listing search on MLS (multiple listing service) will reveal homes with a “coming soon” status that realtors are only able to discover. Clients who are working with a realtor can act quickly when these homes do go live.
A realtor is also experienced in geographical areas, and can recommend areas you may not have otherwise considered. A realtor can analyze your criteria and can point you in directions that may work better for you in the long run. Moreover, a realtor has an extensive professional network of other agents and can access their knowledge about certain areas, thereby sharing this insider information with you as a buyer.
Finally, a knowledgeable realtor will be well-versed in the comparables (or “comps”) in your targeted neighborhoods. These comps are not easy to access for non-realtors. Certain upgrades or features may not be a better buy for your money, necessarily, and a realtor can help you to analyze the listing price in conjunction with the prices of other homes in the market. Finally, once you are in the home of your dreams, your realtor is an invaluable resource to help you determine which upgrades you should make to the home with an eye to a higher resale value down the line. I look forward to working with you in your home search.