You’ll save a lot of money and time working with a professional who specializes in the real estate field. A Truckee & Tahoe REALTOR® has the inside track on the process, market values, best lenders and loan options, etc. Each REALTOR® has gone through training and continuing education to understand market trends and needs. REALTORS® are members of local, state, and national trade associations, who all adhere to a strict code of ethics. A good REALTOR® goes beyond this step and becomes a master on the ‘inside track’ behind the scenes and can direct you with confidence.
It’s to your advantage to use a specialist who has the ability to sell a property quickly and cost-efficiently. On the buyer end, the same specialist will assist you in finding the home and neighborhood that is perfect for you. What’s unique in the field of real estate is these many expert abilities are paid for only when a transaction is complete.
Selling a Home
Your agent will do the research to establish a fair market value for your home and arrange financing terms that make it simpler to get a quick sale in the marketplace. This isn’t simply reviewing the comparable sold homes in the area on the internet. Networking with other professional agents and knowing the history of the area will give you a true picture.
REALTORS® are professionals at marketing properties; that’s their job. They choose the media – and the message – that will bring interested and qualified prospects to your home. They interview and qualify buyers to complete your sale. They use their sales experience and negotiating techniques on your behalf so you receive the best possible return on your home sale.
Real estate offices have a steady stream of prospects from past clients, referrals, and internet inquiries. There are alternate referral services that also bring in buyers. Corporate relocation clients usually work with a REALTOR® before a move is made.
Your REALTOR® will work hard to give you the unvarnished truth. She will follow-up with other agents who have shown your property to get constructive comments on cosmetic repairs, and opinions on actual market value.
The agreement between buyer and seller (the contract) is the beginning of your final transaction. Your REALTOR® will handle the details and paperwork necessary to make it complete: from building and termite reports, to fire insurance, and the closing arrangements with the escrow company/title company/closing attorney. You’ll receive advance estimates of closing costs and your net proceeds from the sale. All details will be handled to assure a smooth and timely closing.
Buying a Home
Don’t’ consider purchasing a home without some expert advice and guidance. Your REALTOR® can help you determine how much home you can afford based on your financial situation, get you prequalified for a loan, and educate you about available financing options. She is an expert on the areas/neighborhoods, and will provide detailed information about schools, transportation, local taxes and community characteristics.
Your REALTOR® will give you information about a wide range of available homes from. When presenting and negotiating a purchase price, she will provide you with market analyses comparing asking and selling prices of homes in the neighborhood.
Finally, she will serve as the liaison between you and the seller. Her negotiating expertise, housing market insight, and knowledge about required disclosures will allow you to buy at the best market price.