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Top 5 Benefits of Hiring a Real Estate Agent

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers in which they surveyed recent home buyers and sellers about their experiences. An entire section of the profile is dedicated to buyers’ experiences with their real estate agents.

If you are looking to buy in 2018, here are the top 5 benefits of using a real estate agent when buying your dream home as cited by recent buyers:

1. Helped the buyer understand the process – 60%

If you are new to the home buying process, an experienced real estate professional can explain exactly what to expect during the entire transaction so you aren’t caught off guard.

2. Pointed out unnoticed features/faults with the property – 56%

Whether it’s pointing out possible uses for an extra bedroom/office, or using their trained eye to see potentially disastrous hazards that may be hiding out of site, your agent is there to protect your interests and make sure your home buying experience is a good one.

3. Negotiated better sales contract terms – 47%

When it comes to negotiating the complex terms of your contract and coming to an agreement with the seller, it never hurts to have someone who has been there before on your side. If earlier in your search you found a couple of less than desirable features on the home you are going to purchase, your agent can make sure that contingencies are in place for you to pay the best price. Their analysis of comparable properties in the area will also help to make sure that your dream home is priced properly for the market.

4. Provided a better list of service providers – 46%

Real estate agents are titans of networking. Many have a list of preferred providers who they have worked with in the past and who they trust to work as a part of your team to make your dream come true. This can include mortgage professionals (listed as the #8 reason to use an agent at 22%), home inspectors, plumbers, contractors, painters, landscapers, home stagers, and so many more!

5. Improved the buyer’s knowledge of search areas – 44%

Local real estate professionals are often members of community organizations and are usually well versed in their area’s history. Their ties to the community make them a great resource whether you plan to relocate to a new area or across town.

Bottom Line

If your plans for 2018 include purchasing your dream home, let’s get together to discuss your options and to help you make the most powerful and confident decisions for you and your family.

SOURCE: Keeping Current Matter

I take pride in building my business through referrals and trust.  If you know a family who’s looking to be served by a competent Realtor with excellence, integrity and results, do call me at 707-567-1049.

With gratitude,

About the Author:

Kasama Lee is a top-producing Realtor® and a community contributor specializing in the Napa and Solano Counties.

Kasama and her husband, Barton, are raising their two boys in American Canyon and have been

residents since 2002.  They’re proud to contribute and give back as residents of this warm, friendly and supportive community.

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Becca Holton

    Since you mentioned how a realtor can help explain the home buying process, I’m considering doing that. It sounds quite nice to not be caught off guard. Hopefully, with the extra help, I’ll have a good home buying experience.

  2. It’s really cool that about sixty percent of people felt that their real estate agent helped them understand the buying process. My friend just had a baby, so she and her husband are looking to buy their very first home. I’ll totally share this article with them, so they can see the benefits of hiring a real estate agent.

  3. Taylor Anderson

    I love how you mentioned that real estate agents are great at networking, so they can help find the perfect area and home for your needs. One of my friends may be buying a home soon, as he will be getting married. This information could really help him see the benefits of hiring a real estate agent, so thank you for sharing them.

  4. Sariah Meagle

    I was not aware that real estate agents can help point out unnoticed features as you stated which may help me evaluate if the home is worth buying. Getting negotiated better sales contract terms as you mentioned would help me save money. If I hire the right aI was not aware that real estate agents can help point out unnoticed features as you stated which may help me evaluate if the home is worth buying. Getting negotiated better sales contract terms as you mentioned would help me save money. If I hire the right agent, they can help me understand the process as you pointed out.gent, they can help me understand the process as you pointed out.

  5. Callum Palmer

    When I go to look for a home, I will for sure get the help of a real estate agent. As you said here, a good benefit of one would help the buyer understand the process. For a lot of us, we are first-time home buyers and we are unaware of a lot of the things that go on with it. A good real estate agent would show us everything along the way and explain it too.

  6. Ellie Davis

    I was not aware that a real estate agent will help you to get a better deal. My husband and I are thinking about buying our first house and looking for information. I will contact a real estate agent to evaluate my options, and hopefully, get the house of my dreams.

  7. Jane Burt

    I found it very interesting how the article explained that by hiring a real estate agent, they will be able to help inform you about the community and its history. My fiance and I will be moving to a new area after we get married but we don’t know much about it and we want to learn more. Maybe we will look into working with a real estate agent when finding a new home.

  8. David Johnson

    I like that there are agents to walk you through the whole process if you haven’t bought a home before. To me, this would be great because it means any hidden snags can be resolved before they come up. I’m definitely going to look more into real estate.

  9. Ellie Davis

    It’s interesting to know that hiring a real estate agent will help you to get a better deal. My mother is thinking about buying a house near ours, and we are looking for information. I will let my mother know about the benefits of hiring a real estate agent to help with her decision.

  10. Eli Richardson

    Thanks for pointing out that a real estate agent will be able to connect you with quality service providers. My friend was recently relocated and he wants his family to move near him. Since he won’t know anyone in the area, I will help him find a real estate agent so his wife can find a home.

  11. Brad Erwin

    Thanks for mentioning that an experienced realtor will have the ability to point out the things, both positive and negative, about a potential property that people may miss. My brother is looking to move into a new home soon because his wife is pregnant with their fifth child, and they don’t have enough space in their current home. I will be sure to recommend they find a good realtor so that they can see some of the hidden features of homes that they otherwise would have missed.

  12. Brad Erwin

    It’s good to know that a realtor has the know-how required to be able to point out potential uses and hazards of specific properties that can help you make a purchasing decision. My brother is in the market for a new home because he got married last week and needs a place to start his family. I will be sure to recommend he hire a real estate agent so that he can see all aspects of homes as he schedules viewings.

  13. Brad Erwin

    I liked what you said about how real estate professionals are usually well versed in the area’s history and more able to be knowledgeable of an area that a buyer wants to relocate to. I’m looking to move my family to another town next month because I’m starting a new job in that town. I will be sure to find a good real estate company in that area that can help me find a gated community home that fits the needs of my family.

  14. David Johnson

    My brother needs to move for work this year to a new house. We liked how as a buyer, an agent can help you find all the professionals you need, such as mortgage professionals, plumbers, and inspectors. He’ll have to hire a real estate agent.

  15. Edward Faris

    I like how you mentioned that hiring a local real estate agent could improve one’s knowledge of the community as well as the area’s history. Coincidentally, my wife and I have been planning to relocate to a new area, but we barely know anything about the community. After reading this, hiring a real estate professional could be of real use in getting to know the community.

  16. Bob Newton

    It’s good that you point out that a real estate agent can help guide you through the process of buying a house. I want to buy my first house soon, so I’m considering hiring a real estate agent to help me with it. I’m going to look for a good real estate agent in my area to use.

  17. Bob Newton

    It’s good that you point out that a real estate agent can help you get a good deal when you’re buying a house. I want to buy my first house soon, so I’m considering hiring a real estate agent to help me. I’m going to look for a good real estate agent in my area to use.

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