When looking to make a major decision, how prepared are you?
When buying a new car, for example, do you do extensive research on the best makes and models to find cars that have the best features and specs for the best value? Or do you just wing it and go in haphazardly?
You probably are very cautious and go about such a big decision with a lot of prudence and deliberation. The same probably goes for when you buy or sell a home. Most people rightly view buying or selling as a major life decision, one that isn’t to be taken lightly.
And yet, people often fail to show the same level of care when it comes to selecting a real estate agent!
If you’re going to go through a lot of time and effort to find the perfect home, doesn’t it also make sense to go through the same effort to find the right real estate agent? Even in today’s age of digital information, it can be extremely helpful to have the right agent by your side as you go through a wide variety of crucial steps, such as:
– Finding the perfect home
– Learning more about a neighborhood
– Digesting market trends and statistics
– Making an offer that is appropriate
– Pricing your home competitively
– Negotiating with a buyer or seller
– Fixing up your home’s curb appeal
– Timing the sale of your home to fit the market
– Understanding the competition
– Dealing with titles, taxes, surveys, and the like
– Dealing with paperwork
There’s a lot that goes into buying or selling a home – too much for the average family to handle by itself, no matter how easy it is to find certain pieces of information on the Internet. After all, there’s a difference between having information and having knowledge that is actionable – and it’s the second type that you’ll need in abundance.
Thus, finding a real estate agent who is knowledgeable, smart, communicative, and reliable – who understands the market intimately – is very important for your real estate success. Go into finding the right agent the same way you would finding the perfect car or finding the best house: with care.