Beyond House Showings and Negotiations: What Else Can a Real Estate Agent Do?
When you’re in the process of buying or selling a home, it’s only natural that you’d want to work with real estate professionals. But contrary to what you might think, real estate agents handle a lot more than listing your home, scheduling open houses and private showings, and leading negotiations between buyers and sellers. Wondering about the other tasks for which your real estate agent can provide a helping hand? We’ve outlined just a few in today’s post.
Lender Connections and Approval Protection
If you’re looking to buy a home, chances are that you’ll need to secure a loan to do it. Before you look at available properties, you’ll need to determine how much you can spend — and in many cases, that requires mortgage loan pre-approval.
Trying to navigate this process yourself can feel very overwhelming. But your agent can actually connect you with a reputable lender to get the ball rolling and ensure you have a clear idea of what you can afford. What’s more, your agent can monitor your loan status and help you protect your pre-approval. For example, they can advise you on avoiding other big purchases before buying your home in order to maintain your loan commitment. In essence, real estate professionals can provide a form of credit counseling to safeguard their clients’ financial situations during the buying process.
Assistance With Home Inspections
Home inspections should be a vital part of buying or selling a home. But not all home inspectors are created equal. Your agent can assist you in selecting a home inspector for any property you’re thinking of purchasing and can advise you on any extra inspections you might want to think about having performed (particularly if you’re looking at an older home). In addition, your agent can attend the home inspection on your behalf in order to communicate any concerns you might need to be aware of before purchasing a home.
Suggestions For Staging and Repairs
Although 78% of recent buyers find their real estate agent to be a very useful source of information, sellers also rely on their agents to provide them with suggestions that can allow their properties to get a lot of attention on the real estate market.
Staging a home is often an essential step prior to selling, but many homeowners may not know the first thing about what buyers want to see. Although your agent may not stage your home themselves, they can provide some guidance on how to stage a property and can even recommend some staging professionals to get your home ready for showings. Your agent can also provide suggestions on the upgrades that today’s buyers are eager to see, which can allow you to determine which renovations you’ll want to prioritize prior to listing. Ultimately, these tasks can add more value to your home and potentially make your sale more profitable.
Of course, your agent’s help will prove to be priceless when it comes time to list your home, market it, and show it to buyers in your area. And it should go without saying that your agent can assist you during negotiations — either as a buyer or as a seller — to ensure the process goes smoothly and that your best interests are protected.
From this post, it’s clear that anyone who’s looking to buy or sell a home should have help from a real estate agent. If you’re looking to get started with house-hunting or with readying your home for sale, our team is here to help. Please contact us today for further information.