When it's time to sell your house, or to buy a new one, a real estate agent will be able to provide you with knowledge and experience that you, as a layman or a casual observer of the market, just won't have. An agent has been helping people buy and sell homes in your market, and will know what price is right. An agent will also have knowledge of where to advertise and how to show a home that only a professional can provide.
A real estate agent's role, quite simply, is to get you the best possible price for your home, or, if you're a buyer, to get you a fair price on your new home. They can also save you a lot of time and effort and are usually worth the commission they will receive.
If you're a home seller, your agent will likely have sold other houses in your neighborhood and will know how to price your home to sell. The market is volatile these days in most parts of the country; the guidance of a real estate agent is more important than ever. Ask your agent what services he or she provides. Generally, he or she will handle all advertising and showing of your home and save you many, many hours of work.
If you are a home buyer and you decide to hire a buyer agent, your agent will narrow down homes by your preferences and price. He or she will also be able to tell you how much the home is worth in the current market. Ask what services your agent provides and for advice on what you can afford.
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