The idea of navigating the real estate market can seem like a fairly daunting task for so many people. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a house, selling a house, or trying to expand your financial portfolio, there is a lot to manage. Things can change very quickly, and there are a lot of involved parties in any of these transactions. Being able to track every process, stay in touch with the right people, and just have a clear idea of what you’re doing is much easier said than done. This is where having a seasoned professional by your side can truly make a difference.
WHY YOU NEED TO HIRE A REAL ESTATE AGENT
If you’re in a position where you need to start the process of a selling a home (or going through any other sort of real estate transaction), one of the first things you need to do is find and hire the right agent to guide you. If this is a new experience to you, here are a few things to keep in mind.
A GOOD REPUTATION GOES A LONG WAY
If you take a quick drive around your town, you’re very likely to come across multiple lawn signs, bench ads, flyers, and other means of promotion that individuals working in real estate utilize. However, those ads aren’t a sure indicator of service quality, which is why you need to spend some time finding the best agent for you and your specific situation. Talk to friends, coworkers, and neighbors about their experience with certain agents, and also do some online research. This is a better way to find a consensus about who you should be contacting, rather than just going into it blind.
THEY KNOW THE RIGHT PEOPLE
A huge aspect of success in real estate is being able to utilize a vast network of connections to help get the best possible results for clients. Sometimes, this means working alongside other agents (even though this might seem counterproductive at first glance) to find and access exclusive listings. Since those in the real estate industry only profit by means of actual sales, they can partner with others to make sure a particular property sells. Other times, when trying to help someone find a particular property, they might know up new construction projects that are on the verge of being finished up. This could be the perfect property for some people, but only an agent with the right connections can make it happen.
THEY’LL HELP KEEP OBJECTIVE
Buying a house can be a very exciting process, but it can be as equally difficult. You may find a house that you and your family absolutely love, but your offer could get rejected. Other times, a property might come off the market before you have a chance to actually buy it. When these more difficult and frustrating situations arrive, a great real estate agent is going to keep treading forward, and also stay objective throughout. They don’t have the same type of emotional investment as you do, which means they can rationalize things for you, or help you make important decisions when needed.
WAYS TO INCREASE THE VALUE OF REAL ESTATE
Even if you know you won’t be selling your house in the near future, it’s always important to not only maintain your home, but also to try and find opportunities that will add financial value. This can be somewhat simple changes, or they can be more thought out additions and total revamps. Below are just a few ideas that you might be able to take advantage of as it relates to renovations.
SWITCH UP THE FLOORING
Depending on how old your home is, you may have only been exposed to one type of flooring in most of the rooms, whether it’s hardwood, carpet, tile, stone, or some other variety. Over time, this flooring can become worn down, damaged, stained, and can just look like it’s older. Something to consider for any room is installing a new type of flooring that changes up the look, but provides a higher level of durability. It can also make maintenance of certain rooms much easier. For example, old carpet can retain dust, dirt, and other particles for years that would normally take an intensive power wash to clean out. If you now have hardwood floors, this is going to be far easier to clean, and you’ll be able to visibly notice the difference. Newer floors are also going to help increase any real estate value since it’s something a new owner won’t need to worry about investing in.
BUILDING A GUEST HOUSE
Depending on the size of your property and what other amenities you may (or may not) currently have, a guest house could be a great addition. This is a much larger project than a simple room revamp, since it’s going to require changes to the landscaping, plumbing, electricity, and more. However, upon completion, a guest house can provide so many benefits beyond just having that extra space for visitors. It offers privacy when needed, and can also be formated to serve as an entertainment space. When selling the property, the value of this structure is going to prove to be enormous.
For some people, the kitchen is one of the most important spaces in their home. Whether they’re preparing regular meals for their family, having friends over, or just going about the day to day tasks, a well laid-out kitchen with practical appliances can go a long way. If you have a kitchen that feels a bit out of touch, revamping the space might be the project you’ve been waiting for. When doing this, it’s important to think about how you use the kitchen from a flow standpoint. Where do you want preparation spaces to be in relation to the fridge, oven, stove, and other key aspects? This is something that often gets overlooked, which is why so many kitchens feel ‘off’. Another reason for choosing the kitchen has to do with the appliances themselves. Modern appliances aren’t only more efficient in terms of their function, but they’re also better for the environment, and will use less energy. This means you (and any future homeowners) will save money on your electricity bills.
T IS IMPORTANT TO FIND A GREAT REALTOR WHEN BUYING A HOME
As you move through life, you’ll find yourself wanting to move, wanting to be elsewhere, or just wanting a change. With all of your change, though, it is a good, and sometimes a necessary thing that help is available to you. When purchasing a home, help in the form of a realtor is available to you. A realtor can help you on your hunt for a new home, or a new place to live, answer questions about the areas in which you’re searching, and make your personal quest for change much easier.
YOU’VE FOUND YOUR AGENT FROM REALTOR.COM
If you’ve got a Realtor, you’ve got an excellent resource in this journey. A real estate agent who is a certified Realtor will have years of expertise, connections, and the know how to set you up for success, whether you’re buying or selling. Realtors are bound by a code of ethics in real estate, and the code is long, thorough, and strict to protect you and yours from being taken advantage of. Linking with someone from the National Association of Realtors puts you in the passenger seat, giving the realtor the chance to lead you to amazing properties that you then have the chance to decide if a home meets your needs and wants.
YOU’RE ABLE TO TALK FREELY TO YOUR AGENT ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT IN A HOME
This is probably the most important part of the relationship that you will have with your realtor. Just being able to tell your realtor what you’re looking for, and whether or not what they’ve found works for you is a great way to jumpstart the search for your new home. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, your realtor won’t be satisfied until you have what you’re looking for, so make sure that both of you are on the same page.
THEY CAN FIND WHAT YOU WANT WHILE WORKING WITH YOUR BUDGET
While no realtor can guarantee you a perfect place at a perfect price, they will always try their best to get you as much as they can for your money. This means quite a few hours searching, spending plenty of time with you evaluating the highs and lows of each property, and finally, negotiating on the place that you both think will fit your needs. Even if you find that something like size of a lot or a yard means more or less to you later down the line, your realtor is there to help you find what you need.
YOU REFER YOUR AGENT TO OTHERS
What is the ultimate compliment to the service that you receive from your realtor? Telling you friends, family, colleagues, and casual acquaintances about your new business partner, and helper. Complimenting your realtor with a reference is also making an investment in the future of another person, and making all of the hours that you spent with them even more worth it. When you choose a realtor, you choose a stress-minimizing assistant that will help you with an important next step, so don’t hesitate to reach out to one.