Not so long ago we discussed the distinct advantages of working with a real estate agent when selling a Waterloo Region home. However, there are two main parties involved in every home purchase; the seller and the buyer. And to ensure they get the best possible deal on the home of their dreams every Waterloo Region homebuyer should have help too, as we wanted to explain today.
Even if you have purchased a home (or two) before and consider yourself fairly well-versed in the art of the home deal there are a number of good reasons why working with a seller’s agent simply makes more sense than going it alone. Here’s a look at some of the most important and compelling of those reasons.
1. It’s a Free to You Service
When buying a home you will usually never be the party that ends up paying fees to an agent. In a few rare instances paying agent fees may be a part of a specially negotiated deal but that’s a topic for another day. Most of the time, however, working with a buyer’s agent is free and who doesn’t like free?
For the great price of $0 you will gain the ongoing support and assistance of an agent who lives and breathes real estate in your area (because we all really do) and can share all of that expertise and passion with you as you search for your ideal home.
2. Access a Much Broader Search
A seller’s agent has the ability to present, for your consideration, a much wider range of properties to view and consider than you might be able to find alone, especially as our industry networks and contacts often allow us to be the first to know when a truly great property is headed to market, sometimes even before it officially hits the MLS.
A seller’s agent is also a search expert, and they take the time to ensure they know all about the properties for sale in their market that may fit your basic criteria. And maybe even some you would perhaps not have considered otherwise as they know there are things not mentioned in the basic listing that actually make certain properties more appealing than they seem.
3. Great Guidance and Excellent Insights
As previously mentioned, any good seller’s agent practically lives and breathes the real estate market in their area and that extends to far more than just the homes being bought and sold in an area at any given time.
They know the ins and outs of the various neighbourhoods (even of individual streets) they know just what pricing is right in real time according to current market conditions and they even know just the right people to help ensure that a home you are interested in is properly inspected before you think of closing a deal as well as all the other ‘minor’ players who actually have a major role to play in getting to that all-important closing day in a manner that’s as smooth as possible.
4. Big Time Savings
Shopping for a home is a seriously time-consuming business and if you, like most, barely even find time to comparison shop for a few items on Amazon, let alone wade through the myriad of home for sale listings in the area you’ve chosen to buy in then you’ll seriously appreciate the time-savings working with a seller’s agent can offer you.
A seller’s agent can do all the basic legwork – the actual constant searching of properties for sale, the monitoring of Open Houses, the setting of viewing appointments and all you have to do is answer their emails/calls/texts as necessary. It’s like having a really cool personal assistant and one that will often bring you the coffee too if you like when you do meet!
5. Gain an Ardent Advocate
When you do decide to make an offer on a property your seller’s agent will be behind you every step of the way, advocating for you in the negotiations between you, the seller and the seller’s agent. This is especially important in a competitive market like the Waterloo Region when it’s likely that your offer may be stacked against at least a few others and will need to especially stand out in order to be accepted.