It is important to have an understanding of the real estate market and what it takes to buy a home. You should know things like your FICO score, closing costs, and contingencies. However, the complexity of a real estate transaction is increasing. Changing regulations and fluctuating markets have made real estate logistically challenging, and what you don't know can leave you powerless to the implications (legal, financial, emotional).
There is an advantage to working with a team of exceptional professionals who can give you the best local expertise, support, negotiating skills, transaction coordination, promotion, advertising, and most importantly – peace-of-mind knowing that you have someone in your corner to handle the process.
When researching a REALTOR® to represent you, you’ll notice a typical list of benefits and services provided. Sometimes these can sound repetitive or even trite (Local expert! Professional service! We'll find your dream home fast!). This can make it difficult to understand what sets an exceptional real estate professional apart from an average one. It’s important to know what you’re getting from your real estate professional, but it’s also equally important to understand what you’re not getting.
Long-time success in real estate comes from a combination of knowledge, local expertise, and reputation supported by a great team. In other words, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” A strong real estate team can be more effective than one real estate agent’s efforts. So, when choosing a REALTOR®, go with a team that is going to give you the utmost time and attention, and get you a great price for your home whether you are buying or selling. It’s not going to cost you more to use the best real estate team around, but it could cost you if you don’t.