What Should My Real Estate Agent Do For Me?
Date: May 15, 2019
Whether you’re buying or selling a West Chester or Liberty Township home, remember that the real estate agent you hire is there to negotiate for you. When challenges arise, you want to have a good advocate working on your behalf.
Here are some of the services you should expect out of your West Chester or Liberty Township real estate agent:
When You Sell
Setting a fair price (and boosting value!). Your agent should bring a deep understanding of the local market, including current economic conditions and new developments that could affect home values. The agent should also have a keen eye for modest improvements – say, a new coat of paint in a popular color—that could significantly improve your home’s appeal to West Chester and Liberty Township homebuyers.
Creating a marketing strategy. There should be a clear plan in place for publicizing your West Chester or Liberty Township home for sale, from professional photography and staging, to getting the word out via social media and multiple websites.
Hosting an open house. Open houses take time and money to arrange, so not all agents offer them, especially for mid- to lower-priced homes. Even so, sellers should encourage their agents to do open houses. That gets traffic into the property, which reduces the amount of time the house might sit on the market.
When You Buy
Be a price advocate. Your West Chester or Liberty Township real estate agent should help you understand current market conditions for this area. They should understand the type of home you’re interested in buying and then steer you in the direction of where you can afford homes in that price range. They’ll also be able to tell you whether a home you’re looking at is fairly priced based on their prior experience working in that neighborhood.
Help with home inspections. Your agent should recommend qualified inspectors to thoroughly examine any home you’re thinking of buying. Your agent should attend every home inspection you go to, standing by your side every step of the way.
Negotiate better terms. If the home inspection reveals flaws in the property, particularly if these are safety or health risks such as structural problems, mold, septic or asbestos issues, or water damage, your West Chester or Liberty Township real estate agent should negotiate better terms on your behalf. Perhaps this means the seller makes some improvements before closing, or maybe it means they give you a credit at closing to cover the costs of those improvements. An adept realtor can help negotiate better terms before signing the final purchase and sale agreement.
Real estate is a relationship based business, so be sure you interview potential real estate agents. In addition to their expertise and knowledge, consider whether you’ll enjoy spending time with them. You’ll be working together through what can be a lengthy and stressful process. If the personalities aren’t a good match, you should be able to find a better fit with someone else.
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