In this day and age, many homebuyers may not feel like they need to enlist the help of a real estate agent. After all, many real estate listings are posted online and are relatively easy to locate with a few simple searches. Setting up a personal showing or going to an open house isn’t impossible without the aid of a real estate agent either. However, at some point you’re going to find that you can no longer continue the process on your own. The following are three ways to tell that it’s time to contact a real estate agent in order to take advantage of their expertise.
You found your dream house
After months of research and months of house hunting, you’ve finally found the perfect house. Everything was relatively easy up to this point. What exactly are you supposed to do now that you’ve found a house you’re interested in? You’re going to want to contact a real estate agent immediately to help guide you through the process of making a bid. Remember, it’s much more complicated than just making an offer and then signing a few papers. There are numerous procedures involved in purchasing a home, from doing home inspections to filling out all kinds of paperwork. And how do you proceed if you have some competition from another buyer? A real estate agent will be able to hold your hand through any situation involved in the homebuying process.
You’re on the fence about a property
Maybe you’ve found what you think might be your dream home, but it seems to be listed at a price that’s too good to be true – and you have no idea why it’s so under priced. Or maybe you’ve found an amazing home that’s properly priced for the neighborhood and seems to have no problems with it, but it’s been on the market for months. Obviously, you don’t want to make a mistake and purchase a property that has hidden problems. A real estate agent can help uncover any potential problems that may not have been apparent. Maybe the property has a history that scares off buyers (perhaps it was built on an Indian burial ground?), maybe the city is planning on building a freeway next door or maybe the house has structural issues. These are all potential problems a real estate agent can help uncover.
You’re in need of quick information
Because you don’t have the experience and knowledge of the real estate market required to make quick decisions, you may need help if you find yourself in a situation where you need to find a house quickly, whether it’s because you’re moving due to a new job or because your old landlord sold the building you’re renting out of and you need to move within two months. In situations such as these, you’re not going to have the time to do your own research and to casually go house hunting during your free time. You’re going to want as much information as quickly as possible about certain local real estate markets, neighborhoods and homes, and a real estate agent is the only way to get that.
While we recommend that you work with a real estate agent throughout the entire process of looking for a home, it is possible to do some of the leg work on your own. However, there will come a time when you’ll need the experience and expertise of a real estate agent. If you find yourself in one of these three situations, you’ll know that it’s time to contact a real estate agent.