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2016-02-19 17:55:04
With or Without a Realtor: Pros and Cons

You've been driving around Salt Lake City, taking a look at homes with 'for sale' signs. Or, you've been browsing the Internet, looking at homes on all the various listing sites available these days. Thanks to modern technology, you might wonder if you even need a realtor to help you buy your next home. After all, the information you need seems to be right there at your fingertips. While you can definitely DIY the home buying process, it's worth it to consider the pros and cons of getting a realtor on your side.

Without a Realtor Pro: Direct Contact with Seller

One advantage of buying a home on your own is that you don't have to rely on a realtor to be your go-between. When you make an offer on a property, you can contact the seller yourself and work through the negotiations immediately. There's no need to call someone, tell him your offer, wait for him to call the seller, then wait to hear back regarding whether or not your offer was accepted. Having direct contact with the seller might also give you more of a leg up when it comes to negotiating a price. Since the seller doesn't have to worry about paying the buyer's agent fee, he or she might be willing to give you a better deal on the house.

With Realtor Pro: Help Sorting Through Paperwork

There's a lot of paperwork involved in buying a home. An experienced Utah realtor will known exactly what needs to be filled out and when it needs to filled out. He can also help you better understand the legalese on the documents you're signing, make sure you don't accidentally skip or lose an important document, and keep you from signing something that's not going to work in your best interests.

Without a Realtor Con: You Miss Out on Connections

Realtors tend to be outgoing, friendly people. They also tend to know just who to call when you need a home inspection, who to turn to for a mortgage, and the best interior decorators to work with to turn your new house into a home. You can skip working with a realtor, but then you'll have to take on the task of finding an inspector, attorney, lender, and others all on your own. Additionally, although you can easily look up homes online, a realtor is likely to have access to homes that might not yet be on the market or might not be well advertised.

With Realtor Con: Some are Less Scrupulous Than Others

It's important to point out that not all real estate agents are the same. You want someone who will be working for your best interests and who won't be in it just to make money. Realtors need to follow a code ethics and uphold a certain level of standards. But, someone calling him or herself a real estate agent might not be a realtor and might not follow that code of ethics. If you work with someone, make sure he is a member of the National Association of Realtors.

Even if you're not sure whether you want to work with a Utah realtor or not, it helps to take the time to speak with one to see what services and advantages he can offer you. Jason Cowdin, of the Cowdin Group, is a realtor who specializes in helping buyers find the perfect home. Contact him today to learn more about the benefits of working with a realtor.

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