Real Insights From Realtors
(NAPSI)—For many people, buying a home is a goal they aspire to achieve and often the most significant financial decision they'll make in their life. If you're among them, consider this advice: Given the mass amounts of information, data and tools available, it's critical to work with a professional who can help you make sense of it all. During the home buying or selling process, it's wise to follow these tips:
• Work with a local expert. Realtors are the most trusted resources for up-to-date, comprehensive and accurate real estate information when it comes to navigating each step of the complex home buyers process. More than four out of five recent home buyers and sellers used a real estate professional, according to the National Association of Realtors.
• Learn about the area. Looking to move to a new neighborhood? Chances are you're unfamiliar with some characteristics of the area, such as traffic patterns on busy streets and the best schools within the district. Realtors have a finger on the pulse of each market where they do business. They're responsible for knowing the nuances to consider before buying a home and can leverage that expertise to help you.
• Seek accurate information. Many websites offer to help potential home owners find the perfect house. Some people have even suggested the Internet will eventually make buying a home as easy as buying an airline ticket or a stock certificate. However, consumers often complain that some of the information provided on these sites is either out of date or inaccurate, creating confusion and frustration.
A Realtor, on the other hand, can provide valuable counsel, discuss listings, show you homes in person, negotiate on your behalf and help you stay focused on the emotional and financial issues that are most important. That may be one reason 88 percent of buyers in 2013 used a real estate agent, up from 69 percent in 2001.