Though the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings, most new buyers (and many more experienced ones) are better off using a professional agent. Look for an exclusive buyer agent, if possible, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the home buying process.
1. $ Buy at the right price.
A good buyer’s agent will only take you to see homes within your price range. Getting pre-qualified for a mortgage is always best. The agent can use that information to help you get into a home at a mortgage payment you’re comfortable with.
2. Buy the Right Home
By talking to you about your needs and what’s important an agent can help you figure out what is best for you. Hate yard work? Then you probably want a townhouse or condo. Have school aged children? Then the school district may be very important to you. Using an agent will help you narrow down your focus.
3. Access to more listings
Agents have access to listings that you may not have seen or know about. In addition, because of safety and security issues most MLS listings require you have an agent accompany you to any showings and you usually can’t even schedule a showing without an agent. This would limit you to private sellers.
4. All negotiations are handled professionally.
Having an agent takes the emotions out of the negotiations. You may love a house but an agent will help you determine a fair price for it and, if necessary, help you walk away from an overpriced home. Also the agent will coordinate the appraisal and inspection as well as negotiate any issue that come up during the inspection.
5. Speeds up closing time
With an agent handling the appraisal, inspection, and any other issue that arises you can be sure that you will be able to close in a timely manner.