A team of professionals is involved in the process of buying a home. You have the lender, the appraiser, the inspector, the property insurance agent, the title officer plus others. But a real estate agent may hold the most critical role.
Baking a loaf of bread seems simple. With only four ingredients: flour, salt, yeast, and water; but to get a successful loaf you need to follow the recipe and add the ingredients in a specific order to get the right results. Some will mix all the dry ingredients and then add the hot water to activate the yeast. Others will activate the yeast in warm water first.
Both methods can achieve good results but there needs to be one “chef” in charge of the bread to make sure that the ingredients make a loaf of bread and not a flat tortilla. The chef watches over the mixing, kneading, fermentation, benching, shaping, proofing, and baking.
Just like when you are buying a home, your “chef” or buyer’s agent will be the one who guides you through the process and puts things in their proper order to make sure no steps are missed. The buyer’s agent acts as a coordinator between all the professionals to get the home closed on time and according to the terms agreed upon in the sales contract.
Even if you have been through the buying process several times, a buyer’s agent will have more experience since it is a job, they do every day. Based on this, a buyer’s agent has a wealth of experience to pull from and has probably been through every situation possible. They are objective, not personally involved, or emotionally tied to the home.
A Realtor® understands the various steps and when each should be done and by whom. They have worked with a team of professionals enough to know who is good at their job and who can offer recommendations. They have witnessed what helps a transaction go smoothly and what has derailed one.
Experience is a great teacher, but who says it must be your experience? Take on the luxury of using a Realtor’s professional experience that they have acquired through many years of study and practice. Allow your Realtor® to advise you and be the “chef” that coordinates the efforts of the team to achieve the results you are expecting and deserve. A buyer’s agent fee is not paid by you, it is paid by the seller and determined through the listing agreement.
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