I know what you may be thinking: why do I need a Realtor if the Internet reveals all of the homes for sale? Here are three major reasons why using a licensed Realtor to look for and/or to buy your home will serve you better than going the DIY route.
Reason #1: First, while the large number of property listings on the Internet may seem like you can find your dream home on your own, an experienced real estate agent has access to even more listings than those that are available on sites such as Trulia and Zillow. While these sites do have many listings, they can, and often do, fall behind in real-time listing status updates. A professional listing search on MLS (multiple listing service) will often reveal homes with a “coming soon” status that realtors are only able to discover. And, I’m often aware of “pocket listings” that aren’t published on these sites either, therefore, if you’re working with a Realtor, you may be able to preview some of these homes, or can act quickly when these homes do go live.
Reason #2: A good Realtor is also a property and neighborhood expert. Realtors are experienced in various geographical areas, and can recommend areas you may not have otherwise considered. I can analyze your criteria and can point you in directions that may work better for you in the long run. Moreover, Realtors like me have an extensive professional network of other agents and we can access our knowledge about certain areas, thereby sharing this insider information with you as a buyer.
Reason #3: Finally, a knowledgeable Realtor will always be well-versed in the comparables (or “comps”) in your targeted neighborhoods. These comps are not easy to access for non-realtors. While websites such as Zillow offer suggestions regarding these comps, they may not be entirely accurate in every case. Certain upgrades or features may not be a better buy for your money, necessarily, and a Realtor can help you to analyze the listing price in conjunction with the prices of other homes in the market. Finally, once you are in the home of your dreams, I will be a good resource to help you determine which upgrades you should make to the home with an eye to a higher resale value down the line.
I look forward to working with you in your home search!