One of the questions we often get asked is, "Why should I hire a Realtor®?" Realtors® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.
Generally speaking, people are quite meticulous with who they trust especially it comes to health, wealth and personal matters of lasting effect. Primary care providers, financial advisors, babysitters, even hairdressers - we are very particular, and rightfully so, about who we entrust with the minute details of our lives.
So, why is it that, when it comes to buying or selling a house, the single greatest transaction that an average individual will make in their lifetime, we understate the importance of hiring a professional?
Realtors® bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to a real estate transaction and are often the primary reason for the success (or failure) of a deal. Here are a few key reasons for you to consider working with a Realtor®
1. Neighborhood Knowledge / Area Expertise
Realtors® either possess intimate knowledge or they know where to find the industry buzz about your neighborhood. Not only do they have access to all the available homes listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service, they can identify comparable sales so you can get a good idea about the price range and characteristics of homes up for sale and those sold in your target market.
Also, Realtors® are a great resource as 'neighborhood guides' and can help you find more insights on schools, crime or demographics so you can make a more informed decision for your family.
2. Expert Guide
Your Realtor® works as your expert guide through the home buying or selling process. Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. Working with a Realtor® will help you navigate the home buying or selling process with relative ease, and avoid delays or costly mistakes.
Additionally, there is a lot of jargon involved, so you will want to work with a professional who can speak the language and simplify the process for you as much as possible.
3. Negotiation Expertise
Realtors® negotiate well because, unlike most buyers and sellers, they can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction and because they are skilled. It's part of their job description.
Good Realtors® are trained to present their client's case in the best light and agree to hold client information confidential from competing interests.
4. Professional Networkers (aka, your 'go-to person')
Realtors® regularly network with other industry professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to buy or sell. Due to legal liability, many Realtors® will hesitate to recommend a certain individual or company over another, but they do know which vendors have a reputation for efficiency, competency, and competitive pricing and can provide you a list of trusted and vetted professionals to help you make a wise selection.
5. Skilled Communicators & Resolvers
Realtors® are masters at communicating details across all the different parties involved in a real estate transaction and resolving any issues. Simply put, Realtors® work as the objective, third party that is there to protect YOUR best interest as you navigate through the process of buying or selling your home.
Also, even the smoothest transactions that close without complications can come back to haunt. Common examples include property tax assessments, doc stamps or transfer tax issues. Having a Realtor® in your corner ensures you can resolve most issues with ease.
We hope you found this helpful! If you need help with the purchase or sale of your home in Queens, Nassau, or Suffolk, get in touch with us at (718) 701-8585 | TheTayebGroup.com