Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

1. Education & Experience
You don't need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional who does.

2. Agents are Buffers
Agents take the spam out of your property showings and visits. If you're a buyer of new homes, your agent will whip out her sword and keep the builder's agents at bay, preventing them from biting or ripping at your heels.

3. Neighborhood Knowledge
Agents either possess intimate knowledge or they know where to find the idnustry buzz about your neighborhood.

4. Price Guidance
Contrary to what some people believe, agents do not select prices for sellers or buyers.

5. Market Conditions Information
Real estate agents can disclose market conditions, which will govern your selling or buying process. Many factors determine how you will proceed.

6. Professional Networking
Real estate agents network with other professionals, many of who provide services that you will need to buy or sell.

7. Negotiation Skills & Confidentiality
Top producing agents negotiate well because, unlike most buyers and sellers, they can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction and because they are skilled. It's part of their job description.

8. Handling Volumes of Paperwork
One-page deposit receipts were prevalent in the early 1970s. Today's purchase agreements run 10 pages or more.

9. Answer Questions After Closing
Many questions can pop up that were overlooked in the excitement of closing. Good agents stand by ready to assist.

10. Develop Relationships for Future Business
The basis for an agent's success and continued career in real estate is referrals.

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