Buying a home is an emotional decision. It is the place where you are going to spend some of the most important moments in your life. It will be the place where children are brought home from the hospital, birthday parties and anniversaries are celebrated. It will be a place of refuge from the storm.
It is also an expensive purchase and one you cannot return if you don’t like it after a few weeks. And for this very reason, people generally are worried about making the right decision when buying a home. Therefore most people prefer to have a third party—a Realtor–that they trust to help them with the transaction. Someone who can advise them on values and appreciation. Someone who knows inspectors and lenders and can maneuver through the paperwork and to a successful closing.
As a buyer, there is not a fee to hire a realtor. The listing realtor contracts with a seller to list their property and sell it. In turn, the listing realtor offers a portion of the commission generally half to a selling Realtor to bring them a buyer. Any Realtor can sell any property on the market including for sale by owner homes. It is advisable to hire your own Realtor rather than call sign to sign for many reasons.
- The Realtor on the sign generally represents the seller in the transaction. Let’s face it, they are the ones paying the commission.
- If you are working with a Realtor they will begin to learn what you are looking for and may know of a property that will work for you.
- They will be an advocate for you in the transaction.
- They have knowledge about transactions that can make things go smoother than if you tried to do this on your own.
As a full time realtor, I work with my buyers to get the best deals possible and to give great customer service. If you have questions regarding real estate, please feel free to contact me at 405-213-2992 or visit my website http://www.sandiwalker.net