It’s never too early to hire an agent. If you’ve even thought about buying real estate eventually --- even if you’re not ready to start the process anytime soon – you should have an agent. Here are six reasons why:
1. An agent makes a great sounding board
We’ve done this a few times, and you can benefit from our experience. We know what questions to ask that clients don’t consider until it’s too late. We know what problems clients worry about – and solutions they might not have considered. We can recommend repairs, maintenance, possible upgrades, paint colors, and other details to keep in mind as you’re living in your home, but also preparing for an eventual sale.
2. We can answer your questions
If you’re spending time thinking about it, you might as well ask a professional. Did you see your Zestimate on Zillow and get excited or disappointed? They’re on average 8 percent off, and I’ve personally sold homes where they were off by over $100,000. Want to know options of how to buy a new home while selling yours, the best time to put your house on the market, whether you should update the bathroom or kitchen? We’re here to help for the entire time you own your home.
3. We have inside information
From loan programs available to help bridge from one home to another, to timing the market, to how interest rates for buyers affect your projected sales price, we’ve got the information you need.
4. We have the scoop on your neighborhood
You know that the house down the street sold for more than you thought it would, but maybe the seller gave the buyer a large credit to get the deal done. Sales prices are public, but the backend details of the deal aren’t always as easy to come by. Your Realtor can tell you how much the seller made – and what that means for your home.
5. We can help you avoid costly mistakes
Want to put in a new kitchen? Great! We can help you see it through a new buyer’s eyes. Or that generator that you spent serious money to install…is it a cool upgrade, or does it tell prospective buyers that the power always goes out in the slightest wind or rain?
We also have relationships with all kinds of service providers. from landscapers, to contractors, to cleaners. If you need a good company at a good price, call your agent first.
6. We’re always in your corner
Selling a home is a big decision with a lot of money at stake, and it can have stressful moments. We do this every day, so we can see those moments for what they are – a minor problem that is correctable. By building a relationship of trust with your agent, you’ll get the right advice at the right time.
Deep down, a good real estate agent enjoys helping people, loves developing strong relationships, and enjoys the work. So call early, call as often as you like, and don’t worry – we’re here to help.