Why Is It Important to Work With a Real Estate Professional?

You may have read recently NASA’s assertion that a mission to Mars will still occur, but perhaps not in the way first imagined. NASA has been sending spacecraft to orbit and ultimately land on Mars, but just this week NASA seemed to change course and asked private companies what sort of spacecraft they could build that would orbit Mars and ultimately land a craft there. NASA reached out to the private business community for more input, new ideas and different approaches to manned spacecraft. Notice they asked professionals for advice. After all, if you’re going to Mars, you want someone with a little experience building such technical equipment, right?

In a similar manner, while you may not be flying to Mars anytime soon but you are thinking of buying real estate, shouldn’t you do what NASA scientists do and seek out the professionals? In short, yes. When buying or selling real estate, don’t fly solo. If you’re buying your first home, you might not be aware that real estate agents don’t charge you a dime to help find and negotiate a sales contract for you. That’s right, you don’t pay your agent anything. The owners of the home you’re buying pay the listing agent and your agent a commission. Your agent typically splits the commission of the agent selling the home. Based upon your needs and wants for your first home, your agent knows the right neighborhoods that meet your criteria. The agent also knows how to craft the perfect offer that won’t be too high or too low and even negotiate to have the sellers help out with some or all of your closing costs.

When selling a home, while some owners think they might save some money by selling home on their own without using an agent, may not realize the mistake they’re making. For Sale By Owner, or FSBO homes, don’t have the marketing clout that professional real estate agents do. They don’t have access to the local Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, the database real estate agents use to market homes for sale. Real estate agents are specialists in what they do. They’re experienced. They train and the represent you in this sometimes complicated transaction. When it’s time to buy or sell real estate, it’s also time to contact a professional real estate agent.