We live in a time where all the information we could want is just a couple of clicks away. We are able to learn so much through research online that sometimes we think that can replace those who have gone to school for a profession. There are many instances where this could work out well, however, when it comes to buying or selling your home you don’t want to risk it. Here are just 5 of the many reasons why working with a licensed realtor is in your best interest. 

1. They are educated & experienced

When it comes to making arguably the biggest purchase of your life, wouldn’t it make sense to have someone who is knowledgeable and experienced on the subject? Real Estate agents offer up insights and tips that will help when both buying a property and selling one, ensuring you don’t overpay for a property or end up with a home that will cost more in the long run. When selling they will be able to help negotiate top dollar and assist in getting your home sold at the fastest rate possible.

2. Area Knowledge

Realtors know the cities they work in inside and out. They can help you find a neighbourhood that best suits your needs. When selling they will be able to highlight the perks of your area and target prospective buyers. Being able to sell the features of your home and neighbourhood will go a long way when showing the property and speaking with those interested in the area. 

3. Negotiation Skills

Having someone in your corner when it comes to negotiation can be the most valuable aspect when it comes to working with a licensed realtor.

Great realtors will know when and how to work out the best price for your home and have experience when working with other agents. When selling by owner, you will miss out on the agent being able to speak for you and fight on your behalf. This doesn’t only pertain to the sale price but also to issues that may arise after closing that you could be responsible for.

Having an agent who will make sure everything goes smoothly from start to finish is an invaluable asset. 

4. Networking

It pays to know people. Part of your realtor's job is knowing the right people that will make the purchase or sale of a property easier. Knowing other professional agents, mortgage lender, insurance brokers, home inspectors, and real estate lawyers will benefit you as a buyer and a seller. Making sure you have the best representation at every stage of your transaction will pay off greatly in the long run. Doing everything on your own can be overwhelming and stressful so enlisting the help of a professional will save unnecessary frustrations. 

A licensed agent will also have other clients that may be looking to buy or sell a home that you may want to purchase. Having inside knowledge of the market and potential listings or interested buyers can save on a bidding war and help get you into or out of a home faster. 

5. Pricing Assistance

Knowing how to determine the price of your listed home or what is a reasonable offer for a purchase will greatly aid in sealing the deal. When selling, a realtor will be able to accurately price the home value and use key features to sell to potential buyers. Getting top dollar for your home is their main goal. They will be able to advise on counter offers and fixtures that may be included in the purchase. When you are buying a home, having a realistic offer will help ensure the seller will consider your agreement and you won’t miss out on the potential home of your dreams. 

There are many other great reasons for using a trusted and licensed realtor. Their expertise, area knowledge, and networking abilities continue to ensure they are the best choice for buying and selling your greatest assets. 

Team Forster is part of a fully accredited real estate brokerage regulated by the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). We adhere to the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, government guidelines and statutes, and a strict code of ethics.

We know the London, St. Thomas, and surrounding communities and their real estate markets. Let Team Forster guide you through the buying process so you can find a home you cherish. Our team of real estate professionals lives and work in the area and we know real estate.

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