The Difference Between Hiring a Realtor or Going it Alone

Reasons to Hire a RealtorThe benefits of hiring a real estate agent during the selling or buying process far outweigh any reason you may have for attempting to go through the process on your own.

When you add up the amount of information, negotiations, time spent, and knowledge needed, one real estate transaction could become a full time job. Let the person who specializes in real estate handle what they are experienced to handle so you can have the assurance the transaction goes as well as it should.

Reasons to Hire a Realtor

YOU: May not have the necessary negotiation skills required to converse and agree on a part in the transaction.
REALTOR: Has the required negotiation skills to not only save time, but ensure a smooth process.

YOU: May not know the right questions to ask to make sure you are not being “taken for a ride.” If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
REALTOR: A Realtor has the experience and the training required to ask the right questions and to know when something just isn’t right during the process.

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YOU: May be unfamiliar with the neighborhood your moving into. This could affect you down the road in terms of safety, schools for your children, or availability of jobs.
REALTOR: Has superior knowledge of each area they service, from the safest places in your target area to live, which school district would suit your children the best, and all of the other neighborhood/city information that would be important to know.

YOU: May not be aware of the current market conditions which play a huge part in how you proceed whether you’re a buyer or seller.
REALTOR: A Realtor has the housing market knowledge necessary to make certain decisions, like how much to list your home for, what (if any) improvements or changes need to be made before listing, how much to offer on a home you like, area taxes, etc.

YOU: May not know what is needed to obtain a mortgage in the current market.
REALTOR: Will be up to date on changes in the mortgage rules, paperwork required, and best lenders to work with.

YOU: May not have access to the hundreds of websites available to market and promote your home for sale.
REALTOR: Has access to each and every avenue of showing your home for sale to the largest number of potential buyers. From video to the perfect listing pictures, a Realtor has the tools and experience necessary to get the job done – correctly!

YOU: May not know the best professionals to enlist during the buying or selling process. For example, a home inspector, painter, movers, home stager, and the list goes on.
REALTOR: Agents are constantly networking and work with these professionals on a daily basis. You can rest assured that you’ll get the best recommendation for quality work.

Would you show up in the emergency room and perform surgery (if you’re not a surgeon)? Of course not! A real estate transaction is just as complicated and should be left to the professionals.

I am curious though, is anyone reading this post someone that has completed a real estate transaction without hiring an agent? If so, would you mind sharing how the process went for you?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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