Purchasing a home is exciting and overwhelming. There is a seemingly endless list of tasks to complete. In addition to searching for a house, making sure it meets your family’s needs, putting in an offer, and waiting for closing, you also have to keep up with your everyday responsibilities. To make buying a house more manageable, here are a few reasons to work with a real estate agent.

Work with a Real Estate Agent Who Knows the Local Market

When you hire a real estate agent who is experienced and familiar with the area, you have an expert on your side. The agent will find homes that meet your needs and properties you may have missed when shopping online. The agent also understands property values in the neighborhoods you are most interested in. They will be able to determine if the house you are hoping to buy is listed at a fair price.

Experience in Negotiations

For most people, purchasing a house is a significant investment. It’s helpful to have the assistance of a professional, especially during the negotiations phase of the purchase. The real estate agent will create a contract that is appealing to both the seller and you, the home buyer. They will understand what a fair asking price is and act as a go-between for you and the home’s current owner.

Work with a Real Estate Agent to Access a Network of Professionals

Another benefit of hiring a real estate agent is they have connections throughout the industry. When it’s time for a home inspection, the agent can recommend home inspectors they feel are trustworthy. Your agent will be able to help you find a lender and can suggest a real estate lawyer assist during the closing process.

After moving in, your real estate agent can still be a source of recommendations. They might be able to suggest a roofer, an excellent general handy person, or a contractor install new siding on the home.

Enjoy these Benefits at No Cost to You

If you’re purchasing a home, the agent’s commission is most often paid by the seller after closing. Enjoy the benefits a real estate agent offers without paying for their services.

To find an agent, talk to friends, family, and coworkers. They will recommend someone they worked with and trusted to help them through the process. Call and speak with a few agents to find a professional willing to listen to what you want in a new home. Your agent will be there for you every step through the home-buying process.

Checkpoint Home Inspections provides inspection services on the North Oregon coast. Contact us to schedule an appointment.