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By Lucy Puniwai | Agent in 76177

Why do I need a Realtor?

1. A real estate transaction is complicated. In most cases, buying or selling a home requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page government-mandated settlement statements. A knowledgeable guide through this complexity can help you avoid delays or costly mistakes.

2. Selling or buying a home is time consuming. Even in a strong market, homes in our area stay on the market for an average of 35 days. And it usually takes another 60 days or so for the transaction to close after an offer is accepted.

3. Real estate has its own language. If you don’t know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why it’s important to work with someone who speaks that language.

4. REALTORS® have done it before. Most people buy and sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. And even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. That’s why having an expert on your side is critical.

5. REALTORS® provide objectivity. Since a home often symbolizes family, rest, and security, not just four walls and roof, homeselling or buying is often a very emotional undertaking. And for most people, a home is the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you keep focused on both the business and emotional issues most important to you.

6. REALTORS® are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, a trade organization of more than 1 million members nationwide. REALTORS® subscribe to a stringent code of ethics that helps guarantee the highest level of service and integrity.
Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online by permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Copyright 2005. All rights reserved. www.REALTOR.org/realtormag
Adding my own comments:

Many, MANY times a customer will find me on Trulia and they have already initiated the home buying process. PROBLEMS arise. They are at the mercy of either their agent or a Builder to come to their rescue. If a home buyer is already represented by a Realtor, there is little I can offer to help. If home buyer is under contract directly with a Builder's Sales Representative, it is virtually impossible for me to change anything that home buyer has already assigned and agreed to. Interview Realtors in your area. Search for someone who will listen to what your needs are and not attempt to "UP SELL" you for more commission. Ask the Realtor straight up - What will you do for me that I cannot do for myself?
Sellers and Home Builders have set aside funds to pay a Buyer's Realtor's commission. We are professionals and we get paid when you close. Realtor fees are restricted from affecting the Sales Price of the home. Do yourself a huge favor, hire a Realtor, BEFORE you begin your search. We work for you!

Lucy A. Puniwai
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