Why You Still Need A Realtor When You Buy Your First Knoxville Home
With the Internet saturated with a wealth of information about just about everything, it can sometimes feel like we can learn to do just about anything on our own.
So, when it comes to buying your first Knoxville home, you may be tempted to just take matters into your own hands and do it alone. Unfortunately, no matter how many how to guides you read about buying your first Knoxville home, you still need a Realtor.
Don’t believe me? Read on to find out why you still need a Realtor when you buy your first Knoxville home.
Online Help Only Goes So Far
The internet can be a great resource, but sometimes it can lead us in the wrong direction. You can learn a lot online. But, Zillow and Trulia are not always a wealth of useful information (just ask any Realtor how accurate a Zestimate is).
You need a real, live breathing Realtor to help you through the home buying process. A Realtor is there for more than just opening up houses. They’re there to let you know when great ones hit the market, they’re there to offer you advice, they’re there to help you through the crisis, and so much more.
A lot of buyers may cite the reason they don’t want to pay for a Realtor, if they can feel like they can do just as well themselves. There’s a lot to pay for when you buy a house, so it’s understandable to want to save some money where you can.
Fortunately, a buyer’s agent will typically cost you nothing, as a buyer’s agent gets paid from the seller.
Since you can hire an agent for yourself at absolutely no cost, you’d be crazy to not hire Realtor for yourself. Just think about what you’re getting here: you’re getting someone to help find you houses, to notify you when something of interest hits the market, someone to set up showings, someone to help negotiate you contract, someone to offer his or her professional expertise when something goes wrong, and so much more.
Yep, you’re getting all of that and so much more and it costs you absolutely nothing. That’s a pretty great bargain.
Take The Headache Out Of It
It can be a real pain trying find and look at houses on your own. Do you really want to spend all the time and the effort of trying to find homes on your own and trying to set up appointments? Not to mention, sites like Zillow and Trulia are not always kept up to date, you may find a great house you love…only to find out it’s been off the market for days.
A Realtor is there to take the headache out of finding a house, as well as keep you informed about what has come on the market. When great homes are flying off the market in just a matter of days, you need someone who is able to dedicated to helping you find those homes when they hit the market. Realtors can also have insider knowledges about homes that are just about to hit the market.
Contracts Aren’t Child’s Play
So how good do you feel about writing up a contract for one of the largest purchases of your life? Do you feel confident enough that your contract is ironclad enough should something go awry?
Most likely, your answer on this one will be no.
There is much more to a purchase contract than just sales price, close date, and the property address. There are certain contingencies that should be included in a purchase contract to protect your interest as a buyer.
For example, you contract should be contingent on a home inspection that meets your approval or that you’re able to able to secure alone. If you’re contract doesn’t include these, you could be forced to forfeit your earnest money or could even make yourself liable to be sued by the seller for not upholding your end of the bargain. Realtors know what contingencies and conditions to include so that you’re protected.
Negotiations Can Get Nasty
You may find the perfect house all on your own, and may even be able to successfully negotiate a contract with the seller. Then, you do the home inspection and you find an issue. You try to negotiate repairs with the seller and things start to get nasty. The seller feels they are handy, so they can do the repairs. You as the buyer want a professional. Things start to get nasty and the deal is on the very of going sideways as things start to get heated.
That’s the beauty of having a Realtor, he or she is there to negotiate for you. Your Realtor can be there to tactfully convey your concerns to the seller. They’re there to watch out of your best interest and try and make the negotiation in your stead. They can be there to prevent thing from getting nasty between buyer and seller, who both have emotional and financial interest vested in the situation. A seller can still back out of a deal if they don’t agree, but a Realtor tends to be a better bet in skillfully sealing the negotiations.
Bottom Line – Take Advantage Of A Realtor’s Expertise
A Realtor is your best asset and ally when you look for you first Knoxville home. They’re seasoned in the ins and outs of the real estate world and are there to ensure that you have the best outcome possible.
Are you thinking about buying your first Knoxville home? Please let us know if there is anyway that Knoxville Home Team can assist you in your home search. You can contact Rick at 865-696-9002 or via email at Rick@KnoxvilleHomeTeam.Com. Or, you can contact Kati at 865-392-5880 or via email at Kati@KnoxvilleHomeTeam.Com.