While more buyers now use the Internet to gain access to listings, or available properties for sale, it is still a good idea to use an agent. The agent brings value to the entire process: he or she is available to analyze data, answer questions, share their professional expertise, and handle all the paperwork and legwork that is involved in the real estate transaction.
An agent can give you insight to a new location that has been heard through the industry. Many times, an agent will be told by the neighbourhood residents what is happening, such as municipal improvements, new developments going into the area. This will at times, help in determining what you should pay for a home. When you have an agent working for you, he/she has an obligation to you, under buyer agency agreement to work for you as an extension of you. That means your needs are put first . The agent will work their best to get you the best price, and protect your rights. Would you know what questions to ask, what is the history of the house, wash there anything that would place a stigma to the house of your dreams? As professionals, we are constantly upgrading our education, this means we are kept update on changes to the industry.
Looking at a home on the internet is a great tool, but can you really see the room? What about the neighbourhood? Sure there are programs out there that give you scores for walking distance but is it the amenities that you really need?
Now the paperwork, do you know what you should put into an agreement of purchase and sale? How about the way the clauses are written? If it is not written to protect you then what? Asking a realtor to help with the wording will make sure you are protected as the buyer. We will work closely with you to make sure you get what you need. We will tell you who you need to discuss certain portions of the offer with other professionals to aide in the right decisions.
Remember having an agent work for you is your best protection when purchasing your home.
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