What is your best reason for working with a Realtor?

Asked by Leah Damon, Kahului, HI Mon Jun 10, 2013

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Gary Mooers,…, Agent, Wailea, HI
Thu Jan 29, 2015
Besides knowing the community and the idiosyncrasies of a particular property, subdivision, or neighborhood, a Realtor can help the buyer or seller avoid unnecessary costs or time drains associated with law suits. Inexperienced buyers and sellers that don't have a professional watching their back are asking for trouble down the road. You could call that penny wise and pound foolish. And thirdly, a Realtor should be an expert negotiator, and can add value to a listing, or get a better price on a purchase, by clearly and concisely helping the other party in the transaction understand why they should pay more for a property or why they should sell a property for your offer price.
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Byron Hebert, Agent, Ormond Beach, FL
Sat Oct 18, 2014
Different reasons for buying and selling, but keep in mind the average person only buys and sells a few homes in there lifetime, while many Realtors handle selling and buying of 100s of homes. Same reason Car Dealerships still exisit, sure you could just buy cars direct from a private person or sell your trade in to a private person, but people like the full service experience of a dealership.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Sat Oct 18, 2014
We've navigated these water many times.
We KNOW where the rocks are.

These are not the BIG 5 questions, but are questions a seller must address.
1. How will you determine the value of your home?
2. What is the low, optimum and highest values? (why you need to know)
3. Where are the qualified, serious buyers?
4. How will they be reached?
5. What protections are in place to keep you from being punished by an under qualified buyer?

Bonus question:
6. What is your REAL strategy to getting your home sold, on time, under budget and without the hysteria?

A couple dozen transactions every year and a REALTOR just might bring more to the table than meet the surface.
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Lisa Teichner, Agent, Wailuku, HI
Fri Jul 5, 2013
Hi Leah,
89% of buyers find their homes through a real estate agent, which is up 20% from 10 years ago. A few reasons buyers find it beneficial to work with a Realtor® (it's difficult to pick just one but I'll try to be brief) is: Realtors® can provide a comprehensive and accurate look at market data which is important when considering making an offer on a home. They can also provide information about issues which may affect value and inform you about possible negative influences relating to a property. Realtors® can advise on additional charges and costs of home ownership which may not have been considered. They can serve as your advocate and connect you with a team of professionals that can assist you with anything you may need during or after the home buying process. I hope that's helpful!
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Howard Dinits, Agent, Kihei, HI
Mon Jun 10, 2013

Using a Realtor can save you time, stress and money, I have special training to assist both Buyers and Seller's. I am the top RE/MAX agent in the state of Hawaii and look forward to helping you and your family.

Howard Dinits R(B)
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Each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint and the best way to succeed is to discover what you Love to do and then offer it up in the form of service. I Love what I do. Please let me know if you hear of someone Buying or Selling Real Estate in Hawaii.
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Cindy Siok, Agent, Honolulu, HI
Mon Jun 10, 2013
The reason Buyers and Sellers should use a Realtor is for their expertise. It's difficult to know how hard to negotiate without knowing the local market as well as a Realtor does. A Realtor may be able to save a buyer on the purchase price, or may be able to advise going over the asking price - in order that the buyer is the highest bid and secures the dream house they really want. Either way, the buyer has the best chance for the outcome they want by working with a professional Realtor.

Sellers are well-advised to work with a Realtor because the chances of the Buyer bringing in a Realtor are quite high and do you want the Buyer's interests represented by a professional and your own interests NOT represented? A Realtor can advise you to what's customary in your area, perhaps there are repairs you would be expected to do and others that are "over the top." Having someone in your corner is crucial.

Realtors also know where to go and can advise Buyers and Sellers on a multitude of related services: lenders, home cleaners, yard service, pool service, handymen, contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc.

Multi-million dollar homes typically use top Realtors and they shy away from "discount" brokers as well. Why would they pay top dollar? Think about it, they are savvy with money and they know Realtors are worth the price. That says a lot.

Realtors in Hawaii do quite a bit more than in some other states - they ensure the transaction is properly handled from beginning to end and sometimes are involved well after closing - if needed. The good agents in Hawaii are the best!
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Mon Jun 10, 2013
Hi Leah,

The fact of the matter is that far more real estate transactions have occurred without a real estate professional than have. BUT that was then and this is now....times have changed.

Sit down to watch a couple of relaxing hours of television in the evening and you'll clearly see the number one reason to use a realtor. Attorneys are spending big money to advertise their legal skills because there is a market for their expertise.

Sad as it may be, we have become a law suite oriented society.....for this reason alone, people would be well advised to resort to measures that would protect themselves.


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