We’re possibly a little bit biased, but hiring a real estate agent is imperative when venturing into a real estate transaction—they’re professionals wearing many hats.
Some people have strong views about real estate agents, and they’re not necessarily positive. It’s understandable! When someone has a particularly negative encounter they tend to circle the wagons and are wary to trust again. Rest assured, you will have an exceptional experience with our agents!
So, why should you hire an agent?
They’re professionals at finding what’s just right.
Finding the right home at the right price can be like finding a needle in a haystack. It’s crucial to understand the market and home values. An experienced agent will conduct research and make comparative analyses on your behalf. They’ll also know which questions to ask sellers, which lenders are right for you and your financial situation, and connect you to other valuable vendors.
They also know what red flags to look for in a home that might end up costing you a lot of time, money and headaches. They’re on alert for issues you might not think to look out for. With their knowledge and experience, they’ve developed a keen eye.
They’re legally obligated to keep their client first.
It feels nice to have someone on your team and know they’ll have your back. When you hire a real estate agent, they’ll put your best interests first! Yes, there is a legal responsibility, but at Kenney & Company, we mean it when we say it’s not just business – it’s family! Our agents care about you and your goals. We see you like family, and you’ll be treated as such!
Real estate agents have a fiduciary responsibility to their clients. That means that they operate with a high standard of confidentiality. And this is what you want when someone is handling sensitive financial information and helping you during one of the biggest transactions in life. You can rest easy knowing that your real estate agent will conduct themselves with honesty and integrity.
Negotiating experience and prowess.
Experience is the best teacher. Real estate agents have mastered different techniques to get their clients the best deal. Even if negotiating is one of your strengths, you really want a third party who understands the nuances of the market and real estate standards. They know which cards to play and when!
It’s really about the money.
Some people would rather save money instead of paying an agent’s commission. The question is: is the money saved worth the time, effort, energy and peace of mind from having a professional conduct the transaction?
It’s important to note that research from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that sellers who list their own home for sale typically sell their house for roughly 12 percent less than the selling price of other homes.
It’s important to choose a real estate agent you trust. It’s ok – and even encouraged – to ask the tough questions!