If You Are Buying a Home
For most of us, a home is the single biggest purchase in our lives. The enormity of the financial transaction aside, finding the right home to fit our particular needs and wants is no easy undertaking. Just as you wouldn’t buy a car or computer without doing some research into various models and prices, you shouldn’t consider purchasing a home without some expert advice and guidance.
For instance, a Real Estate Agent can help you determine how much home you can afford based on your financial situation, help you get prequalified for a loan, and even inform you about available financing options. An agent also is an expert on the neighborhood, and can provide detailed information about schools, transportation, local taxes and community characteristics. Using a Real Estate Agent also means gaining access to homes listed in Multiple Listing service (MLS), an important marketing tool used by agents to inform other agents about valuable properties. When it comes to finding out if you’re paying too much, a Real Estate Agent can provide you with market analysis comparing asking and selling prices of homes in the neighborhood. Finally, an agent can serve as the liaison between you and the seller, bringing to the table negotiating expertise and knowledge about required disclosures and the housing market.