How Working with an Agent Can Improve Your Buying or Selling Experience

  • Sarina Dhanoa
  • 04/8/21

Whether your current real estate needs involve buying or selling a home, the process can prove equally challenging and time-consuming—even more so when considering you have a full-time job, a family in tow, and are facing the arduous task of moving in or out of a home.

To alleviate much of the burden, it certainly helps to have a knowledgeable real estate professional in your corner. Let's take a look at how working with an agent can improve your buying or selling experience.

Market Knowledge

First and foremost, the right agent brings a wealth of market knowledge to the table. It's not solely about finding houses—it’s also about scouting great neighborhoods, the right schools, and determining if a home is valued right. Arguably, one of the most significant advantages to partnering with a real estate agent is finding a home that matches needs with a budget and avoids you making a purchase you might later regret.

For a seller, that market knowledge translates into pricing your property correctly. Not simply so that it sells (and sells quickly), but that it does so at or above asking. The savviest agents will know that market sweet spot to ensure your home gets plenty of looks, and in turn, even more competitive offers.

Assistance in the Buying and Sales Process

Finding the perfect home can prove a time-consuming process. An agent maximizes your home-buying schedule by taking your list of wants and needs and matching them to homes in your desired location and price range. The agent narrows your search to only the most relevant houses, so you don’t have to waste time sifting through all the wrong ones. They're also your advocate at vital touchpoints such as the inspection. (For sellers, this means the agent is there as your representative for the inspection and home appraisal.)

As a seller, the sales process is much more involved. It's prepping and listing and marketing and showing and follow-up. It's also vetting offers between serious buyers and those less qualified. That whole process is far easier to navigate when your major worries are keeping the property clean and reviewing any potential offers, while your agent handles everything else.

Negotiations

Speaking of offers, one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of any real transaction—for buyers and sellers—is the negotiation phase. It's here where a real estate professional truly proves their worth to a client. Top agents make it their mission to achieve the best conditions and terms for those they represent.

Having an expert negotiator in your corner translates to knowing when to counteroffer, accepting or rejecting concessions or contingencies, and how to secure a quick, seamless transaction. A real estate agent is a genuine advocate for their client and will ensure you walk away with the most favorable deal possible.

The Intangibles

Finally, real estate transactions include a lot of minutiae—transaction paperwork, facilitating offers or certifications, tracking down homes for buyers, or, for the seller, tracking down buyers. A standout agent is one who's always available and is ready to assist whatever the need may be.

They're also open, honest professionals and excellent communicators who are willing to work with you through any means necessary—in person, via phone, by email, or even through text. Ultimately, working with an agent not only improves your buying or selling experience but also provides you peace of mind.

Whether you're interested in Dublin homes for sale or seeking more information on San Ramon real estate, contact Sarina Dhanoa & Associates today. Allow our expertise and years of experience to be your guide to the best of the East Bay.

 

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