As you can tell, the consensus is that you need a Realtor. Everybody today is looking for a good deal on a house. Actually, I think that holds true for everyone at any time for the most part. What most people don't understand about Real Estate is that it's a complicated business and the average person doesn't have access to all the tools they need in order to get the job done in the most cost effective and time efficient manner possible. It's like fixing your car; if you're mechanically inclined you can certainly fix your car, say change the brakes for example, for less than what it would cost you to take it to a mechanic. The difference is that the mechanic does this every day, all day, and has the special tools and equipment neccesary to do the job quickly and easily. Further, he is familiar with the different makes and models and doesn't have to stop to look anything up and the way he makes money is that the book pays 1 hour for the job but he can get it done in 20 minutes because he has invested in special tools, training and has the experience to side step the trouble spots that would stop you and me..
Get the analogy? Use a Realtor, by all means. As a buyer it doesn't even usually cost you! Even if it did cost you, wouldn't it just make since to use one anyway? You see all the commercials about selling stuff yourself, and I'm sure people do, but the statistics say that the odds are against you. Use a Professional. There are Realtors that specialize in Auctions, ones that specialize in foreclosures, short sales and REO's; ones that specialize in commercial, and so on. The point here is that not all Realtors are created equal, and even among those that specialize in the same niche there is a spectrum. There are good brain surgeons and great ones. Which one would you rather use?
I don't do auctions and I admit it. If you were my customer, or if you were a friend or even if you were referred to me I would turn around and refer you to a colleauge that did auctions and was good at it. I'm sure there are Realtors on this page that could help you, but the purpose of my post was to make the case that a good Realtor is indispenable to a real estate deal. Don't hesitate to contact me fo any questions or help I might render. Good Luck.
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