You don’t just need an agent. You need a trusted, experienced agent.
Do you actually need to use a real estate agent for your transaction? I don't get this question very often because over 90% of people that list their homes usually use an agent. Some buyers want to look on their own, but in our area, they really do need an agent to access properties because almost all of our properties are behind gates here. But the answer would be no; you don't have to hire an agent. What you should do, though, is you should hire a professional, experienced agent.
And you might ask why? What's the difference? I'll tell you that you want representation in the market that you're buying and selling in. Real estate markets are rarely stagnant. They shift all the time. So when you hear talk of a shift, that's pretty normal. You just need to understand what sort of shift is happening and how you can prepare and use that to your advantage. This is where a seasoned, experienced Realtor will come in and be able to guide you through these shifting markets. They know the pulse of the market, and they will protect you through what is considered most people's largest financial transaction in their lives. Why is this important? To be blunt, it’s because you don't know what you don't know.
"Over 90% of people that list their homes usually use an agent."
Each area has specifics, and it's common only to that area. A trusted, seasoned, experienced Realtor will guide you through those. They will point out all the nuances and the different construction techniques. In the Lowcountry here, we have termites, we have humidity, we have wood rot, we have different sorts of composite lumber and stucco, and we also have some plumbing that is outdated. That's not just in South Carolina; that's also throughout the southeast. If your Realtor doesn't know or understand what's going on with properties of a certain age and what to look for, you could be facing a large repair bill down the road that you weren't prepared for. That's really where it's important to turn to a trusted real estate advisor who is going to use their depth of experience to guide you.
At the end of the day, getting the two parties to close is what's most important in a transaction. Your Realtor can save you thousands of dollars with their skill set, so who you partner with matters when it comes to real estate. Thank you so much. Remember to reach out, call or text me, or feel free to drop me a line at my email.