During this time of year, we all reflect on what we are thankful for. Whether you feel blessed to host Thanksgiving in your new home, or are working with an agent toward your dream home, it is easy to see the reasons to be thankful for an outstanding real estate agent.
Planning involves analyzing the local real estate market to set the right list price or know if a home is overpriced. Planning is making sure your home looks its best. Planning is using their resources to reach prospective buyers. Great agents plan their time so they are available when they need to communicate with other parties. Planning is being involved during inspections and appraisals. Finally, great agents strategize and map out the next several steps to keep it all on track.
Behind the scenes planning propels the process towards closing. Your agent knows what needs to get done and moves you through various stages with your involvement at a minimum. This is due to the fact that they took the time to understand exactly what you expect. When you do want to be filled in, your agent is ready and able to advise you.
With all the paperwork and timelines associated with a real estate transaction, your agent has your back as they scour through each line item to make sure dates are right, numbers add up, and that your best interests are at the forefront. Negotiations and decisions with a good agent are made based on how it will affect you.
A common goal of all parties is that you get to the closing table. Your agent has to work seamlessly with seller and buyer’s agents, title companies, homeowner associations, and mortgage brokers to make sure all parties of the transaction are doing what they need to do and when they need to do it. They are on your side and look to build a long-term relationship rather than make a quick buck.
They take on stress
Buying or selling a home is a serious financial transaction. Not to mention one with vast emotional and practical considerations. An agent should know how to take charge to limit the stress on you. It’s easy to be daunted by the idea of prepping your home, making necessary fixes or even cleaning. Good listing agents take on the burden and alleviate unnecessary worry from an already stressful time in your life.
Your confidence in a highly capable agent gives you peace of mind knowing that you don’t have to watch over every detail. Agents take the pressure off of you. They take your late night calls, explain forms in ways you understand, and walk you through the next steps to get the job done.
They maintain a relationship
Good agents know that their services continue long after you close. As a homeowner, it is important to be aware of what's going on in the market around you. Great agents keep track of comparable homes and keep their past clients informed. When you find yourself in a position where you need their expertise again, you have an established relationship and they are willing to help you, or anyone you referred, with the same great service.
Unfortunately, not all real estate agents are created equal. If you’ve had a bad experience in the past, don’t let it happen again. If you aren’t comfortable with your current agent, don’t move forward. Contact COListings to find an agent that you will be thankful for.