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Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

Whether you are buying or selling, there are a number of reasons why you should hire a real estate agent (especially when buying in a foreign country); the three most important being security, finances and sanity.

Buying or selling a home is a monumental event that can be stressful.  A real estate agent can reduce that stress and really make a difference by supplying their expertise and help in the following ways:

1.  Marketing
Without advertisement, there is no sale.  There are plenty of ways to advertise, but agents also have access to a well-connected network that is not publicly available; it is a network for realtors by realtors. This means that when you hire an agent, you are really hiring an army of people working to find a place for you or a customer for your property.

2.  Property Aesthetics
The appearance of your home is vital to attract potential buyers. Agents are able to coordinate interior and exterior design, and can offer quick and easy ideas for making your home more attractive to potential buyers.  This can translate into more money and a faster sale.

3.  Prices
You can track what’s happening in the real estate market through news and the internet, but hiring a realtor is the best way to ensure that your home is bought or sold based on what is happening in your local market.

4.  Negotiation
When it’s time to think about or make an offer, a real estate agent is the best person who can ensure that the negotiations go smoothly. Real estate agents have lots of experience in these types of negotiations because it is their job!  They will work with the other party to ensure that your best interests are represented in the transaction.

5.  Paperwork
Buying or selling a house includes lots of paperwork.  A realtor’s experience comes in handy here because they can clearly explain the documents, the purpose of the documents and where and what to sign.

6.  Closing the sale
Once the negotiations have completed and the deal is accepted, real estate agents will have ensure that you not only get the best deal, but that you understand all the financial and legal implications of a such a large transaction. The closing process should be a time to celebrate, and a real estate agent will ensure that a potentially confusing process is very easy and smooth.

7.  Experience
One of the best things a realtor provides is experience.  Buying or selling a property is an experience that you want to be trouble-free, and by hiring a realtor you will be bringing in someone who has the knowledge and experience to get the job done with minimal hassle for you.

8.  Networks
A real estate agent has a powerful network of contacts at his/her disposal to help you buy or sell your property quickly.  While it is possible for you to use your own network of friends, co-workers and family, a real estate agent’s network is built specifically to help them sell or find homes for you, their client.

9.  Questions and future business
Finding the right real estate agent not makes the home buying or selling experience easier. A real estate agent will help answer any questions you may have after a sale is completed, and if you need help finding or selling your home in the future, you will already have a trusted, proven and powerful resource in the future.

10.  Sanity
Perhaps the best reason for hiring a real estate agent is to keep your sanity. Buying or selling a property is not always an easy process. Hiring a real estate agent can make the process go as smoothly as possible and let you focus on the most important part of the process: Finding YOUR perfect property!

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