To claim that your home forms the very foundation of both your emotional and financial wellbeing, is an accepted reality. Whether buying or selling, Honeydew Country Estate knows that the help and informed support of an estate agent is vital to ensure that your investment is secured in a manner that benefits you best. Here are ten more good reasons for using an accredited estate agent…
An estate agent can lessen or moderate the unpleasant impact of buying or selling on your already full schedule. Both property showings as a seller, and property visits as a potential buyer are time-consuming, invasive and can eventually be disheartening, as they often lead to nowhere. Experience also equips estate agents to read your particular situation and suggest what would work for you. This same experience enables them to identify problems that you may not see and which could waste more of your time and energy.
Finding Suitable Homes
Agents possess all the relevant knowledge about the areas that they operate in. They are also very resourceful when it comes to accessing any specific information you require (like data on schools, the natural environment, demographics, closest healthcare facilities, etc.).
Agents are in the know about certain features of all house types for sale that correspond with your specific needs. For example, you might need a space of a certain size that can be used as an office, or have specific bathroom or vehicle storage requirements.
Pricing Expertise as Guidance
Our agents’ experience in the market means they are very clear about the value of the properties in the neighbourhood. An agent with a good idea of what you’re looking for will not waste your time touring houses that will not satisfy you or which you cannot afford.
When selling your home, an agent will spare you the time and bother of having to take calls from interested parties, answering questions and making appointments. They know what needs to be done to get a deal together and who to contact to track down potential buyers who meet your criteria for a satisfactory deal. These invaluable professional networking opportunities are only at their disposal. More importantly: it means you will have developed a relationship for future business when reasons arrive to re-enter the property market.
Piles of Paperwork within a Time Limit
In order to get the best deal for selling your current house, it is more than likely that the purchase agreement involved will be lengthy – it will include the written offer, the written and signed counteroffer, many small but vital details (like specific repairs) and what was and was not included in the sale. The process is time-consuming and offers have to be finalised within a specific time frame. You can easily lose the deal by taking too long or make a mistake like not initialling a margin, not checking a box, or missing some other detail that disadvantages you.
The Complexity of Contracts
Contracts are not merely tiresome, but difficult to draw up in a manner that effectively protects you, whether you’re buying or selling your home. Estate agents are thoroughly updated on the rules, laws and regulations that govern drawing up a purchase agreement. They are familiar with which conditions should be used, when they can safely be removed, and how to use the contract to benefit you.
The major pitfall without representation by an agent, is that much can be overlooked in the excitement of closing the sale. Estate agents are used to dealing with any unexpected problems like title issues, financing delays, tax assessments and transfer tax confusions.
Though many people feel they should be able to sell their own homes with adequate efficiency, and that they should also avoid the cost of having an agent involved, the process is not as simple as they assume.