Why a Real Estate Agent? Real estate agents are not needed for every deal. In fact, some states require real estate attorneys for every real estate transaction but it’s not a requirement for a real estate agent to be involved (that I know of). Look, I’m not saying to ditch your agent and go it alone. Just use the right tool for the job. I wouldn’t use my plumber to rewire my house – actually he’s pretty smart and probably could do a good job…..but not a really great job. Use the right person with the correct skill set to accomplish the right job. If you are in the middle of a legal battle with family members involving grandpa’s old cabin – call a lawyer first. If you have a complicated “1031 Tax Free Exchange” with the sale of real estate – call an accountant first. If you have a broken sewer line – call a plumber! After the urgency and legal stuff is taken care of, then call a real estate agent if needed. Yup – if needed. Look – hypothetically, if your brother wanted to buy a vacant lot from you and he’s paying cash – hire a lawyer to do the paperwork and go to the Title Company. It can be simple sometimes. Believe it or not, I bought a 5 acre tract of land with a contract written on a brown paper grocery bag. True story! Even a hand shake could work as long as everyone wants to buy/sell and there are absolutely no problems. OK… Now….. for everyone else – get a real estate agent!
Why use a real estate agent? Because you need some help with real estate. If you have a property that you want to sell and you don’t have a buyer. Or the buyer that you have for your property wants to pay you half of what its worth. Do you know what it’s worth? If you want to buy a house but you don’t know how to negotiate a purchase and the steps to protect yourself. The internet is a wonderful tool for the public to look at the competition: other properties on the market. I love this about real estate!! It’s all online!…but you still might want some help with the details. Sure you can sell your property yourself, price it too cheap and get tons of people wanting to buy it…but did you do the right thing? Or if you’re buying real estate and the foundation is bad, the property does not appraise for the purchase price, and the title isn’t clean….but the owner reduced his asking price $15,000. Was that a good deal? Maybe it was! Maybe it wasn’t? A real estate agent can help you through the whole process.
When the time comes and you need a real estate agent: use the right person with the correct skill set to accomplish the right job. I don’t know a whole lot about water rights, grazing rights or pasture leasing so I’m probably not the best farm and ranch real estate agent…if that’s what you need. I know the ins and outs of residential, investing and commercial so if you need to sell your house and reinvest in a rental then I’M YOUR GUY! Each of us have different specialties and experience. Most real estate agents are happy to sit down with people for free and discuss what they’re willing to do for you. Yes we are salespeople. We sell real estate which is also: a home, a investment, maybe a retirement nest egg, a place to live, a place to grow, a business, opportunity, what ever is important to people who purchase/sell it. Our job is to help people achieve those things that are important to them. The process involves negotiating, knowing the problems to avoid, writing contracts, inspections, marketing, counter offers, zoning and a whole bunch of details to make it easier, less stressful and more profitable. Look at all of your options. If you’re buying or selling real estate – talk with a real estate agent. See what they can do for you. If the first one you talk with “creeps you out,” then go talk to another one. Make sure your comfortable with all of your real estate choices. …And enjoy the journey.