5 real reasons to work with a Realtor
With so much information available online, and some people even having the time to search through it, then why hire a real estate agent when looking to buy or sell a home? Some people wonder (and rightfully so) if they could buy or sell a home through the internet or regular marketing channels without an agent. Some do fine on their own, but many don’t.
A realtor is not just an agent, they can offer a lot more advantages that are not necessarily obvious from the onset.
Here are 6 top reasons to consider working with a professional real estate agent.
1. Property marketing power
Real estate doesn’t sell due to advertising alone. In fact, a large share of real estate sales comes as the result of contacts through colleagues, previous clients, referrals, friends, and family. The real estate agent is emerged in this information on a daily basis; they eat, sleep and breathe the local market real estate deals, new properties & old properties and are more likely to know of deals that are not on the market.
2. Someone who speaks the language
It is important to work with a professional who is immersed in the industry and knows the real estate language, especially here in Israel. As a buyer or seller, the client will want an agent whom they can rely upon who speaks both their language and that of the local market. Over and above the terminology is an understanding of the local cultural norms within the Israeli real estate industry.
3. Negotiation skills
There are many negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession, and inclusion or exclusion of repairs, furnishings, or equipment. Good real estate agents are not messengers delivering offers on behalf of their client. They are professionals who are focused on representing their clients in the best light and devising a creative negotiation strategy based on the client’s exact needs.
4. Neighbourhood Knowledge
Agents either possess local knowledge or they know where to find the industry buzz about your neighbourhood. They can identify comparable sales and hand these facts to you. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that the house down the road sold for 100,000 NIS less last week before you made the offer?!
5. Objective opinions
This is the biggest financial (and possibly emotional) decision of your life, and guiding you through it isn’t a responsibility that real estate agents take lightly. They will act like your rock during that emotional moment which will potentially lead you to make the right decision. The fees payable to a realtor, are minor compared to the large payment you will be making on the home you choose to buy.
6. They know people who know people…in Real Estate
They have information on ready private money lenders, top renovators and interior designers, mortgage brokers and reliable real estate lawyers. All of these recommendations can help you with your real estate journey.