1. Education and Experience
You don’t need to know everything about real estate if you hire a real estate professional who does. The trick is to find the right person. Why not hire a person with more education and experience that you? We’re all looking for more precious time in our lives, and hiring pros gives us that time.
2. Agents are Buffers
Agents take the spam out of your property showings and visits. Real estate professionals can filter all those phone calls that lead to nowhere from uninterested buyers and try to induce serious buyers to immediately write an offer.
3. Neighborhood Knowledge
Agents are experts on neighborhoods. They either have personal knowledge of the neighborhood you’re interested in or know the industry buzz about it. They can identify comparable sales and get them to you, in addition to pointing you in the direction of finding information on schools, crime, or demographics.
4. Price Guidance
Contrary to what some may believe, agents do not select prices for buyers and sellers. However, an agent will help guide clients to make the smartest decisions. Based on market supply, demand and the conditions, the agent will devise a negotiation strategy.
5. Market Conditions Information
Real estate agents are able to disclose market conditions, which will govern your selling or buying process. Data such as the average per square foot cost of similar homes, median and average sales prices, and rations of list-to-sold prices, among other things, will have a huge bearing on what you ultimately decide.
6. Professional Networking
Agents can give you a list of references with whom they have worked and provide background information to help you make a wise decision.
7. Negotiation Skills and Confidentiality
Real estate professionals are trained to present their client’s case in the best light and agree to hold client information confidential from competing interests.
8. Handling Volumes of Paperwork
Today’s “purchase agreements” run 10 pages or more. That does not include disclosures or local custom paperwork. Most real estate files average thicknesses from one to three inces of paper. One tiny mistake and omission could land you in court or cost you thousands. In some states, lawyers handle the disclosures, thank goodness!
9. Answer Questions After Closing
Even if a closing seems simple at the time, complications can come back to haunt. One call to your agent can straighten out the confusion. Many questions can pop up that were overlooked in the excitement of closing. Agents stand by ready to assist.
10. Develop Relationships for Future Business
The basis for an agent’s success and continued career in real estate is referrals. Few agents would survive if their livelihood was dependent on consistently drumming up new business. This means that an agent who stays in the business will be there for you when you need to hire an agent again.
Our full service relocation department is staffed by full time professionals who are experienced in individual and corporate relocation. Our well trained Sales Associates are familiar with Northwest Louisiana and will provide you with assistance and information. Please call us today: In Shreveport / Bossier call 318-686-4690. In South Arkansas call: 870-863-4011 and in Central Arkansas call our Benton Office at 501-315-2121 / in Bryant call 501-847-4300 and in Little Rock call 501-223-2521 and ask for our Relocation Department.