Why Does A Buyer Need An Agent?

As a buyer, you've probably noticed that there are hundreds of real estate agents out there. For every real estate ad you've seen, or every "for sale" sign that you've driven by, there might be a different number to call on the bottom. Don't feel overwhelmed by all the names - you only need to talk to one realtor and here's why:

  • MLS system: Realtors exchange information all the time through the multiple listing system. If the house you saw in an ad turns out to not be the one for you, your realtor can look through the entire housing database in the state to find some others that might work out instead.
  • Knowledge: Before you begin the daunting task of thumbing through dozens of real estate ads and newspapers, talk to a realtor. They can save you the time and hassle of trying to find that needle in a haystack. They can tell you about neighborhoods, home sizes, features, and they can also help you figure out how much you can afford.
  • Getting Pre-Approved: A good realtor knows many local lenders personally simply by doing business with them on a day-to-day basis. Sellers take buyers more seriously when they are already pre-approved for a loan. Additionally, by being pre-approved, you will get a mortgage quicker once your realtor has helped you negotiate an offer with a seller.

A buyer needs a realtor because it makes the "hunt for the perfect house" so much easier and less stressful. It is a lot easier to deal with one person instead of making a thousand calls to different agents and sellers.

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