With so much information just a click away, people often wonder, “Why even hire a real estate agent?” You may wonder if you can sell or buy a home on your own using the many tools that are offered online. You may do fine on your own….or you won’t. Here’s 4 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional.

1 | Experience and Know-How
Hiring an agent will often save you both time and money. It’s a real estate agent’s job to know everything about buying and selling real estate. As an agent, they’re well versed in real estate – they even know some tricks you won’t find in a book. Why not hire a person well-versed in real estate?

2 | Real Estate Market Conditions
Agents possess intimate knowledge about the conditions of the real estate market, often specific to your neighborhood or community. Real Estate Agents have the knowledge to price home according to their market and provide critical information during your home search. Want data on schools, crime or demographics? Agents have access to all of that information. Wondering how to price your home according to the market? A real estate agent is a pro in pricing your home is sell.

3 | Negotiation Skills and Confidentiality
Real estate agents are expert negotiators. They work to advocate for you and act in your best interest. As experts in their field, they know how to negotiate for the best deal for their clients while keeping everything confidential.

4 | Handling Volumes of Paperwork
Who really likes doing paperwork, am I right? The volumes of paperwork that come along with buying or selling a home can be daunting and one small mistake could nullify the agreement. Luckily, real estate agents are accustomed to handling large volumes of paperwork and work for a smooth closing.