Whether you’re buying or selling a house, there are plenty of reasons to hire a real estate agent. Hiring a real estate agent has more perks than downsides, whether your goal is to save time or money. Below is a list of reasons to hire a real estate agent.

Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Agent to Buy or Sell Your Home

They’ll Get You a Better Deal

Whether you’re buying or selling a house, a real estate agent is the best person to get you a high-value deal in a competitive market.

You may think you’ll save agent fees if you cut out the real estate agent as a seller. However, research shows that homes sold by an owner often fetch about 30% less than those sold by agents. Given that agent’s fees are less than the 30% you stand to lose, you’re better off hiring an agent to sell your home.

A real estate agent will know how to negotiate deals to get you the best house at the market or lower than market prices. You won’t have to pay for the real estate agent’s commission as a buyer because it comes out of the seller’s fees. 

Hire a Real Estate Agent for Help With Paperwork 

While you might easily find a buyer for your home in a seller’s market, handling the paperwork is a whole different ball game. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll probably be out of your element when it comes to all the documents that go into legalizing a home sale.

You’ll need to draft and review purchase agreements. Additionally, you’ll need to meet all local, state, and federal document requirements for your sale to be legal. Hire a real estate agent to take care of all the paperwork when buying or selling a home. 

They Understand the Housing Market

Both sellers and buyers need real estate agents to represent them because they’re experts in the field. They know where and how to get potential buyers and they find out about new listings first. 

If you’re a buyer, agents have the best ways of finding desirable homes for sale. They will learn about homes that go on the market before it’s publicly listed. If you’re looking for exclusive deals or buyers, an agent is your best bet.

Master Home Inspections provides pre-listing home inspections and other home inspection services to Southwest Virginia. Contact us to schedule your appointment.