Sure, apps are convenient, but buyers need the personal experience and expertise of a real estate agent, too.
Why work with a real estate agent in this internet filled world we live in? Let me put it this way: You could do a Google search for “Paris” but what if one of your good friends has been to Paris say, 20 times over the last few years? Isn’t it good to get advice from both? Sometimes the internet can be overwhelming with facts and data, and the use of a good reliable real estate agent can help you decipher which facts are the most important for you to know. Also, it’s one thing to see a property online, it’s another to stand in it physically and really get a feel for how big the space is, how much light it’s getting, and how close the neighbors are, as well as what the surrounding neighborhood is like. A good agent will help you see the forest AND the trees.
A good agent is like an extra set of eyes and ears for their clients. They can offer sellers feedback on how much to de-clutter their space, why their favorite teddy bear from their childhood might need to go in a closet during the open house, and which color to paint the front door. Additionally, a good agent will give their clients recommendations on lenders to work with, negotiate strategies that are a win-win for both the sellers and the buyers, advise on ways to do simple renovations after settlement to make the living area more open, and give their clients the names of handymen and contractors to help them with those projects.
A good agent will also try to be inclusive when working with clients. They realize that many clients have significant others, parents, children, or roommates that they will be bringing along on the showings, and will also be giving feedback and potentially even be living in the new property with the client. If someone wants to check to make sure the HVAC system is really working properly, while someone else is putting together measurements for drapes, A good agent knows how to be available and answer questions from both parties. Good agents also know how to find out pertinent information and answers from the sellers, listing agent, Title company and Seller Disclosure Statement.
Buying a home is likely to be your greatest investment (short of children or a good marriage) in your lifetime, and you might be wondering if there's anything you really need to know as you go into this process. This is where your real estate professionals come in. With the help of a trained agent, you can come out on top of a closing that might otherwise have pushed your retirement ahead a decade!
When you meet with your Cascade Team agent, they'll be listening to you. They want to learn about your needs and what's important to you. Then they'll help you get pre-approved so you're prepared when you find the right home.
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