If you’ve recently bought or sold a home, you know that a REALTOR® provides value beyond simply finding a home. With guidance and expertise, a real estate agent makes the home buying process painless, and even fun!
Much of a real estate agent’s work happens behind the scenes. They take care of important steps to make the home buying and selling process run smoothly. An agent provides value through every step of the process to make home buying simple.
Searching for a Home
In Colorado’s fast-paced housing market, new homes for sale can go from “new” to “under contract” in a matter of days. It’s important to be able to find new listings as soon as they hit the market.
Your first interaction with your real estate agent often involves a conversation about what you are looking for in your new Colorado home. From the number of bedrooms to square footage, commute time to schools, house features to neighborhood and community, there are a lot of factors to consider. Your REALTOR can guide you through that conversation to help make your wish list and your must-have list for your home search.
When you’re ready to start your home search, your REALTOR can offer powerful search tools. As a REcolorado subscriber, your REALTOR has access to the most accurate information about homes for sale in Colorado, straight from the MLS (multiple listing service).
Working with this level of data, your real estate agent can perform detailed searches. They can use keywords, terms, and fields that home buyers may not even be aware exist. They can also set up custom searches and property alerts so you’re the first to know when a new home for sale hits the market — just check your email!
Making an Offer
Finding a home is only the first step. When you are ready to make an offer, your real estate agent can provide significant value. As a local real estate expert, your REALTOR can provide valuable insight on housing market conditions and home values. Understanding these factors can help you make a more competitive offer.
Without this guidance, home buyers can make costly mistakes. Making an offer that is too high puts the home buyer at risk if the home can’t appraise for that value. An experienced real estate agent can help you find a balance to make a competitive offer.
When a home for sale receives multiple offers, make sure yours stands out above the rest! Your real estate agent can guide you through the process of getting prequalified or preapproved for a home loan so you can be ready to act fast.
Closing the Deal
The home buying process doesn’t end when your offer is accepted. Your real estate agent guides you through each step to arrive at closing ready to sign. They can help you understand complicated paperwork, terms of the sale, and conditions necessary for closing. With connections to qualified appraisers and home inspectors, your real estate agent makes each of these steps simple.
Throughout the entire process, your REALTOR looks out for your best interest. Buying a home is complicated. Your real estate agent brings the value of experience so that home buyers don’t become overwhelmed or taken advantage of in the process.
If you are in the market to buy or sell a Colorado home, start your home search the right way. Connect with a local real estate agent.
Originally published May 5, 2016 — Updated May 16, 2019