Why You Need to Work with a Real Estate Professional
When it came to fixing vehicles, “Don” knew what he was doing. It was never his profession, but he’d worked on his own machines for fifty years. Then, after a simple oil change on his newest van, something went very wrong. A slight error with an air filter cost him an entire engine. Had he gone to a professional mechanic, he’d had to pay for the oil change. But he also would have saved thousands of dollars in the long run!
The same is true with buying or selling a home. In an attempt to “save” money, many home buyers and sellers discover—too late—that doing things on their own was a costly mistake. Real estate professionals are experienced negotiators with a deep knowledge of homes, rules, and networks. Their expertise is priceless. They are under “fiduciary” duty, which means they are legally responsible to put their clients’ best interests first.
There are other reasons why it’s essential to work with a real estate professional in Florida. Houses listed as “For Sale by Owner” typically sell for less money. Yet they require a lot more work, since you have to deal with showings, cancellations, and mounds of paperwork on your own. It’s like taking on a second job. In addition, buyers feel more comfortable looking at a home, peeking in closets, and talking honestly when a real estate agent is present and not the home-owner.
Real estate professionals not only have experience and time, they have access to MLS listings, other buyers and sellers, and a host of handymen, lawyers, and other professionals in their network who may owe him or her a quick favor. When (not if) there’s a hiccup in the buying or selling process, a real estate professional will know how (or who) to best handle the situation in the timeliest and most cost-effective way.
In the long run, choosing a great real estate professional like Leslie Wells will save you time, money, frustration, and emotional exhaustion. Smart buyers and sellers can’t afford not to!