Here’s why you should use a real estate agent

Here’s why you should use a real estate agent
Date Published: March 25, 2011

When you tell friends and family you’re going to buy or sell a home, and they ask, “Why are you working through a commissioned Realtor when you can just use the internet,” how will you respond?
Your first answer should be to have a professional handle all the paperwork — disclosure forms, inspection reports, deeds and titles, settlement statements — they’ll get the picture.
You could describe your real estate agent's knowledge about the area — schools, zoning, and property values.
You want to know that the neighborhood matches your needs, and that your home holds resale value for the future.
Tell them there’s more to advertising than websites, and that your agent will more likely find a buyer instead through their relationships with other agents and past and current clients.
Not to mention the fact that you don’t want complete strangers visiting your home, and you’re more comfortable knowing that your Realtor has screened and qualified all potential buyers.
And once you’re on either side of an offer, you trust a professional’s ability to negotiate successfully when it comes to terms like price, financing, inspections and repairs, and other contractual commitments.
Your final argument might be that most people may buy or sell a handful of homes in their lifetime, but your real estate agent has been successful hundreds of times, on both sides of the transaction. Case closed.

The Placer County Association of Realtors is the professional trade association representing approximately 2,400 Realtors, affiliates and other related representatives in Placer County. For more information, call (916) 624-8271 or visit online at www.pcaor.com.