Buying a home is not a simple matter. While it is possible to buy a home without help, the risk is very great. You are much better off hiring a realtor.
The first time you will be thankful for a realtor is during your search for a home. A realtor has access to listings that you do not. They can take down information about what you need and want in a home, and match that with homes available in the MLS database. Even though you can sometimes gain access to MLS databases, you will not have access to all of the same information that realtors have access to. It is much easier for them to do the searching.
The second time you will be glad you hired a realtor is when you are ready to put an offer on a home. This involves more than just giving the seller a price you are willing to pay. Terms must be included in the offer, as well as other important information. It must be given in writing, in the proper format. More than likely, you don’t know what that format is. In addition, you may not be aware of what terms are typical for offers, or how to word them in a legal sense. A realtor has the expertise and knowledge to handle all of this for you.
If you find yourself in negotiations with a seller, you will be very glad you have the realtor on your side. He or she will be your go between. They will talk to the seller or the seller’s agent for you. They will advise you on what price you may be able to pay for the house. They will also be able to advise you on what terms you should make sure are included, and which ones can be negotiated. You never have to feel the pressure of negotiations, because it is all handled by the realtor.
You will also be glad that you have a realtor when you are ready to close on a sale. A realtor works only for you. They have to take your best interests to heart and act on them. They can read through the sales contract carefully to ensure that it is fair and is to your benefit. If there is anything that is not fair or is uncalled for, they can point this out and advise you on how to proceed.
Finally, you will be glad to have an experienced professional on your side when you close on the house. Closing a home sale is a complicated and lengthy process. If you are not sure about how this process is carried out, you should definitely have someone there to guide you through it.