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Why you need a realtor

While house hunting TV shows tour the neighborhood, close the deal and throw a housewarming party in 30 minutes, real life is not as streamlined. If you’re in the process of buying a home, here are signs it’s time to call a realtor.

1. You believe everything on the internet

While you can view tons of listings online, not all of the information is accurate or up-to-date. You’ll see outdated comps, conflicting forecasts and different ratings. With access to the MLS and insight on properties about to hit the market, a Realtor will make sure you’re considering all of the homes in your market that fit your criteria.

2. You’re juggling a hectic schedule

You don’t need to spend time sorting through listings and contacting sellers. An agent will do the browsing so you only visit the homes that best fit your needs and price range.

3. The biggest thing you’ve negotiated lately was your kids’ bedtime (and you lost)

As professional negotiators with years of experience, Realtors know how to create, present and negotiate the best offer. Remember, you’ll be going up against another professional negotiator: the seller’s agent.

4. You don’t know if a neighborhood is on the way up or down

An agent who knows the neighborhood can give you the scoop about local developments and changes that don’t always pop up in a Google search. He or she will also put them in context of larger market forces that could impact the future value of a home.

If you’re looking for an experienced professional to guide you through the home buying process, look no further than your local RE/MAX office. Find an experienced agent to work with here.

clean up the mess

This is something home owners should take care of since their belongings are in the house. Not that the house should have a sterile hospital look-and-feel to it, but any clutter or dirt or mold and mildew needs to be removed pronto. Windows need to be cleaned to give the home a more open and warm feel; if you can not do it yourself you may want to pay a professional to take care of it for you. The yard should look neatly mowed and bushes should be trimmed to maximize curbside appeal. The kitchen should look its best and not cluttered since kitchens are what helps sell a home.

Repair what is damaged

Make sure that there are no major repairs left to be done anywhere in the house prior to organizing home buyer visits. Even cosmetic ones should be fixed if they are visible. Before putting the house on the market for sale, the client is advised to do a walk-through with their Real Estate Agent and thoroughly inspect the property. You want to avoid showing off a property with patch marks on the walls, a toilet that keeps running, a gutter that is falling down or a water stain on the  ceiling.