Top 10 Reasons To Hire a Salem Oregon Real Estate Professional
Skeptics thought the Internet would be the extinction of the real estate agent. Let's face it, all the information in the world about how to buy and sell a house is at your finger tips. So why hire a real estate professional to represent you in the purchase or sale of your home, when you can save the big fat commission they charge and do it yourself. If you have asked yourself this question, you are not alone.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Salem Oregon Real Estate Professional:
1. Education & Experience
Most people buy or sell homes 2-3 times in their lives. Many Salem Oregon real estate professionals are involved in buying and selling real estate 2-3 times a month. Henry Ford once said that when you hire people who are smarter than you are, it proves you are smarter than they are. You don't need to know all there is to know about buying or selling real estate, you just need to hire the people that do. Hire someone with more experience and education than you that can help you get the best possible deal and save you precious time and money.
2. Agents are Buffers
If you are a buyer, agents will insulate you from builder representatives and listing agents, who can be piranhas when going after a sale. And if you are a seller, your agent will weed through the ‘lookie loos' and bring you only well-qualified buyers. Real estate professionals save you time...and as they say, ‘time is money.'
3. Neighborhood Knowledge
Your neighbor may know that the people who sold the house down the street were asking $350,000, but your Salem Oregon real estate agent will know that the house actually sold for $295,000 and paid $5,000 of the buyer's closing costs after being on the market 45 days.
4. Price Guidance
Your real estate agent is able to guide you through the decision making process to help you make the right choice for yourself and your family. Whether a buyer or seller, agents are able to provide you with the data you need to choose a correct price and then put together a negotiating strategy based on market supply, demand and conditions.
5. Market Conditions Information
Real estate professionals can also provide you with market data such as price per square foot, median and average sales prices, days on market and list/sell ratios that will have a bearing on your buying and selling decisions.
6. Professional Networking
The network of other professionals known by real estate agents, many of whom provide services that you will need to buy or sell, can be invaluable. Isn't it better to have a service provider, who is known for quality and professionalism, recommended to you than having to pick someone out of the yellow pages?
7. Negotiation Skills & Confidentiality
Top producing real estate agents are skilled negotiators, not just messengers delivering paperwork to a buyer or seller, who are able to remove themselves from the emotion of the situation...and be assured, buying and selling a home is emotional! They are professionals who 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
Purchase Agreements in the 21st Century are 10 pages or more and include state and federally mandated disclosures which can be overwhelming and confusing to the inexperienced. One omission or mistake could land you in court or cost you thousands of dollars.
9. Answer Questions After Closing
Issues have a habit of cropping up after closing...things such as taxing authorities that collect property tax assessments, doc stamps or transfer tax can fall months behind and mix up invoices. Your real estate professional is there to answer questions, provide documentation and help clear up questions. You won't be left out in the cold to handle issues by yourself.
10. Develop Relationships for Future Business
Referrals are the basis of am agent's success. Your real estate professional will provide you with ongoing market updates, news and information. Keeping you informed and staying in touch will help insure your repeat and referral business.
Bottom line, Salem Oregon real estate agents are highly skilled, knowledgeable professionals. They will help you sift through the mountains of information you find on the Internet and make sense of it in order for you to make good buying and selling decisions.
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