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Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventure. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can market and sell their property without professional help. However  it is not as easy as it may seem. That’s why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal!

The reasons you need an estate agent in your corner haven’t changed but have rather been strengthened by the predictions of higher mortgage interest rates and home prices as the market continues to pick up steam.

What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

It is important for your home to be prices correctly from the start in order to attract the right buyers and shorten the amount of time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you its true value and prove that it is worth what they are telling you.

Are you a good negotiator?

So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home.  However, when dealing with the sale of what is most likely to be your largest asset, it is easy to get emotionally involved. It is much better to have an agent there to talk you through the reasons and what to do if an offer is not where you want it to be.

What do you do with all this paperwork?

You have decided to move forward with a purchase/sale however you now need to instruct lawyers and inform all the other parties that will be needed to help complete the transaction. Your agent will have the procedures and knowledge in place for this to be completed with minimum stress. 

Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

There is so much information out there on the news and on the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively and correctly price your home at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a low offer?

Hiring an agent who has their finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

Bottom line 

You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic, so why would you make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a real estate professional?

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