With all of the online tools, websites and advice for home sellers and buyers, is it really necessary to hire a Realtor?
The short answer to that question is a resounding yes. The internet can only tell you so much and it certainly can’t show your home, take you to homes to see and facilitate settlement when you sell or buy your home.
As it’s been said, when the going gets tough, hire an expert… or something like that. But really, why would you undertake such a huge financial and legal undertaking without being educated in the ins and outs of such things?
A Realtor knows the local market
They know how to negotiate at all phases of the process. They know how to value a home beyond number of beds, baths and square footage. They understand most types of mortgages and home financing, or know someone who is reliable that can help you should you need that type of assistance.
Now let’s talk time
Do you have the time, over and above your day job, family responsibilities and so on, to stage your home, list it with MLS and other websites like Zillow or Realtor.com, take all the phone calls, schedule showings, read/understand/respond to offers, schedule inspections, schedule settlement and all the paperwork a settlement entails, do the walk-through and finally hand over the keys?
Do you have the time to search the internet for homes to see, call the listing agents, schedule showings, write up an offer, read over the inspection report, renegotiate repairs, review the title report and all of the settlement papers?
One last thing to think about! In your lifetime you may buy and sell 5-10 houses (maybe a few less, maybe a few more). For some of us, that top end is a really slow YEAR!
Realtors spend all of our time negotiating, researching, talking on the phone and getting educated about real estate. The business of buying and selling homes is our life and when you hire a Realtor, you get some of that dedication and determination just for your home!