Should I go it alone or use a Realtor?
(NC) With increased access to online listings and information, people often ask if there are still good reasons to use a real estate agent. The answer is yes, according to Carlo Racioppo, a broker with Royal LePage Realty Plus.
“Whether providing guidance on what buyers can afford or helping sellers through the ins and outs of a complex transaction, Realtors offer professional services that go far beyond the do-it-yourself realm,” he says. Racioppo identifies the top five questions to ask when deciding who to involve in your home buying or selling process: 1. What can I afford? In addition to taking stock of your personal finances, you may want to tap a real estate professional's knowledge of current market conditions and local neighbourhoods to help to narrow down your options around what you can afford. 2. Where can I find qualified professionals? When you're preparing to close the deal on a new home or looking to sell, an agent can recommend many professional services, ranging from home inspectors and real estate lawyers to stagers and renovators. Consider if you would be able to find these same resources on your own.3. How can I effectively negotiate? When buying or selling, price is not the only factor that may require negotiation. A real estate professional can provide assistance in navigating the negotiation process, covering important details to help you arrive at a successful resolution. 4. How can I avoid missteps in the home buying or selling process? There are those who may attempt to take advantage ofuninformed home buyers or sellers. A real estate professional will be well versed in identifying warning signs to help you steer clear of any misinformation.5. How can I adequately promote my property? According to the National Association of Realtors, studies show that 82 per cent of real estate sales come from referrals and former clients. You may want to consider if you can strike up the same resources and marketing efforts.. More information is available at www.royallepage.ca. www.newscanada.com
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