With just the stroke of a few keys, you can find myriad resources on the Internet to help you in your search for a new home. Besides property listings, you can find out about specific communities, schools and mortgage options. RE/MAX has made three great resources – Environmental Profile, Property Profile and Value Range Estimate – available on prudential.com/real estate that provide detailed real estate information just by keying in a U.S. property address.
With this wealth of information at your disposal, do you really need a real estate professional to represent you? Absolutely!
Think of it this way, when you go to an unfamiliar place, sure you could do a self-guided tour. However, your tour is much more rewarding and enriching when you have someone who is familiar with the location to guide you along because he or she has inside knowledge on the history, culture and stories that you may not have otherwise received.
The same can be said about Realtors. A Realtor's role is more than someone to drive you around from property to property. We can be a great resource, especially to home buyers relocating from other communities. I know the local area including home values, taxes, utility costs, and school data, and may even be knowledgeable about resources pertaining to your special interests or needs. For instance, should you require help relocating an aging parent with you, I may be able to direct you to local services or organizations for the elderly.
A Realtor can familiarize you with the processes involved in buying a home, alert you to potential risks, help you determine how much house you can afford, explain alternative financing strategies, as well as provide tremendous moral support.
Another benefit is having a strong advocate during the negotiating process. I can help you objectively evaluate an offer then work to negotiate a favorable contract. During the process, I will review the contract and obligations before you sign, explain how contingencies and release clauses work, and so on. I can be the difference between you buying and buying well. (Best Home, Best Price, Most Protection, Least Amount of Stress, and within Your Time Frame)
And something easy to overlook is our familiarity with the complexity and risks inherent in the process. In the years I have been practicing I have been continually amazed at how quickly a seemingly simple transaction can grow legally complex and risky. When complex questions arise, I can help you quickly locate an attorney or other licensed professionals whose services you may require, such as home inspectors, engineers, surveyors and lenders.
As your single point of contact, I can manage the entire transaction including coordinating inspections, keeping in touch with the other real estate professionals, managing the documentation for the loan process, monitoring deadlines associated with contingencies, providing applicable paperwork, estimating closing costs, and helping prepare for a smooth and uneventful closing.
If you’re about to begin the process of buying or selling a home, consider involving using me and my services. When the stakes are high, it’s comforting to have a professional by your side.