Why do I need a real estate agent when I can see listings online?


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    Why do I need a real estate agent when I can see listings online?


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    You wouldn’t see the house “online” if there wasn’t an agent who put it there. Most of the time, you are looking at homes that are “listed” for sale. The seller hired an agent to do that, and that agent works for the seller.
    Now you see a house online that you may want to buy. Next, you will want to see it. Correct? Whom are you going to call to get inside it? You can call the agent for the Seller, but then you will be paying for an Agent who is not your agent. That agent will still pay for both the seller’s services and your services, but that agent will represent the seller when they meet you. If you are going to pay for an agent in the price of the home, why not have your own?
    Let’s say you wait and see it at an Open House, and you want to buy it after viewing it at the Open House. What do you do next? You have to talk to an agent who will write the offer. Again, you can use the Seller’s agent for that, but why pay for an agent who doesn’t represent you?
    Seeing houses “online” and buying them without seeing them is not the norm. Writing your offer on a napkin is also not the norm. Odds are the house you see online is there because it is in the system of agents.
    Out of curiosity, what do you think happens after you see a house “online” and are interested in that house?
    There is a lot more to why you need an agent, and many others will answer that. But how do you think you get from seeing it online to getting the keys to living in it?

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    You can see listings online, but they are not up to date, and information can be incorrect. Also, if you do end up getting into some trouble, who’s going to help you? Yeah, get a lawyer and spend money on that when a right agent could’ve avoided things of this nature.
    Also, if you’re buying a house, you’re not paying the real estate agent, so why not? You only end up paying if you want to sell your home and use an agent.
    Real estate agents also use an online listing program that only can be used by a licensed professional, and THESE listings are highly regulated, which means their information will be more reliable than the ones you’re looking at.
    Lastly, let’s say you find a house you like, the house will most likely have an agent representing the seller. That seller and agent will have an advantage over you because they’re going to work in their best interest over you. And you will be representing yourself and have no idea what is going on, and you’ll most likely end up not getting what you want. If you have a right agent, they’ll work in your best interest and try their best to get you what you want.

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    Do you know how to fill out the sales contract and all associated documents correctly? Do you know what makes a contract legal or illegal? Do you know and understand critical time requirements for inspections, payments, and more.
    If so, you do not need an agent.

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    Online will not show you possibly disgusting odors and worn-out flooring and the pig farm behind the house, lol.
    Find a Realtor and look at 20 properties and buy one before the prices go up again.

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    The same reason that you need a dentist, oral surgeon, or endodontist when you have a mirror, an exacto razor, and a pair of channel locks. They are professionals at what they do and deal with real estate transactions every day. You are not.

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    Online presence is merely a form of marketing. Where the Real Estate professional comes in is when you have chosen a property to make an offer. They will help you to determine an offer price based on the comps and disclosures. They will help you to navigate to the lending process and inspections. There is so much we do behind the scenes that the general public is not aware of.

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    One, they know the area well and can disclose details in the neighborhood or city.
    Two, they know how to research what other homes have sold for so you can know what to offer.
    Three, they represent your best interest and work to make sure you get a great deal.

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    I would suggest that you always use a professionally-licensed real estate agent.
    If something goes wrong, you have a professional who can help you.
    I have clients who recently decided to rent an apartment in Paris for a six-month stay. Instead of going through an agent, they looked online and found an ideal residence, at the right price, through Craigs List.
    The “owner” of the apartment insisted that they wire him an amount representing three months’ rent, over $3000, before they arrived in Paris.
    Of course, when they arrived at the pre-determined place to pick-up the keys, the address did not exist.
    Avoid such scams by renting only through a licensed agent. It may cost a bit more (most agents will charge a month’s rent as their fee), but in the long run, it will be safer.