Why Work with a REALTOR
So much information for buyers is present through numerous outlets today, and the competition continues to increase in the real estate industry. Buyers can access several websites through which to begin the home search to fit their perfect criteria. In many instances, these buyers will call the listing agent to get the additional information they're searching for and may call up to half a dozen or more Realtors before they actually complete a purchase. But what's the benefit of working with the right realtor?
There are several benefits to working with a Realtor you trust, and working exclusively with that person as you pursue your dream. It is possible that all those reasons could be summed up in a single word: relationship.
Chances are, you already know where you want to look for property. There is no one better qualified to help you find a property than an agent who lives in your preferred area. Even if you live in the area yourself, an exceptional Realtor will likely have more hard knowledge about local properties and actual values than you have—even if you have done your homework. Remember, for your Realtor, knowing the area isn’t just homework—it’s his or her living. There is nothing like experience and boots on the ground.
For example, a property’s value is greatly influenced by its surroundings. But what might be an asset in one person’s opinion may be a liability in another’s. There are lots of qualifying components to this quest that is impossible to put into a REALTOR.com® search. As your Realtor gets to know your wants and needs, he or she will know how to simplify your search.
As one of the O’Brien agents put it, “You can waste lots of time if you jump from agent to agent, because each time the agent has to get an idea what the end game" is. When one works with one Realtor, that agent gets to know what the buyer is actually looking for – streamlining the search process to get them into a home sooner, and at the right price.”
Your agent is a master of interpretation. He or she will notice if you say you want a ranch-style house with three bedrooms and a finished basement, but the only time you really get excited is when you look at a five-bedroom farmhouse on 10 acres with a barn. A good Realtor will sit down and have a candid discussion with you that may help you fine-tune your search. That’s a relationship.
It is important to note that if you do not feel that you have that kind of relationship with your Realtor, it may be beneficial to find another agent.
There are other reasons to work with a Realtor, too. Your Realtor can expand your home search exponentially, so take advantage of their network. Do-It-Yourself searching can be hit-or-miss, or you have to provide your contact information to get any details. Your Realtor has a network of sellers (some available homes may not even be on the market), is connected with other Realtors and their properties, and will be happy to show you all the properties that meet your criteria, but will also help you weed out the ones that do not.
Realtors know and have working relationships with the local lenders, title companies, insurance companies, utility companies, caretakers, etc. Realtors know the important aspects of the area that will make or break your decision—schools, restaurants, beaches, snowmobile trails, local fishing holes, and shops. If you are already local, this may not seem like a notable asset, but if you are relocating, it is indispensable.
As the saying goes: “All real estate is local,”—and we agree. National trends don’t mean much in small northern Michigan towns, especially those fortunate enough to be blessed with lakes and rivers, ski hills, and nature preserves (like Charlevoix!). You need a local agent to get a real perspective on local real estate. And don't just take our word for it—check out our testimonial section for some kind words from happy clients.