While many buyers think that a REALTOR® exists to help them find a home to purchase, a REALTOR® actually provides many other services. First, a REALTOR® can help you locate a reliable lender to assist you with financing. A REALTOR® provides education about your local market conditions, advice about what to look for in a home, and suggestions about what you can find within your budget. Buyers often have trouble distinguishing between needs and desires, and a REALTOR® can help them set priorities in the context of lifestyle and financial plans for the future. REALTORS® are well versed in pointing out what to look for in a home, such as structural features that are difficult to change; and what to ignore because it is easily changed, such as paint colors or cosmetic items. Finally, REALTORS® provide expert negotiating skills and can recognize appropriate market value in the homes you’re considering.
Don’t just take our word for it! Look at these recommendations from the National Association of Realtors®: