5 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without Tom as Your Agent
It’s a slow Sunday morning. You’ve just brewed your Nespresso and popped open your laptop to check out the latest home listings before you hit the road for a day of open houses.
You’re DIYing this real estate thing, and you think you’re doing pretty well—after all, any info you might need is at your fingertips online, right? That and your own sterling judgment.
Oh, dear home buyer (or seller!)—we know you can do it on your own. But you really, really shouldn’t. This is likely the biggest financial decision of your entire life, and you need Tom as your Realtor if you want to do it right. Here’s why.
1. Tom has loads of expertise
Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/D? Real estate has its own language, full of acronyms and semi-arcane jargon, and Tom is trained to speak that language fluently.
Plus, buying or selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. As a Realtor, I have the expertise to help you prepare a killer deal—while avoiding delays or costly mistakes that can seriously mess you up.
2. NextHome Champions has turbocharged searching power
The Internet is awesome. You can find almost anything—anything! And with online real estate listing sites such as yours truly, you can find up-to-date home listings on your own, any time you want. But guess what? At NextHome Champions, we have access to even more listings. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. Tom can help you find those hidden gems.
Plus, a good local Realtor is going to know the search area way better than you ever could. Have your eye on a particular neighborhood, but it’s just out of your price range? Tom is equipped to know the ins and outs of every neighborhood, so she can direct you toward a home in your price range that you may have overlooked.
3. Negotiating for YOUR Best Interest
Any time you buy or sell a home, you’re going to encounter negotiations—and as today’s housing market heats up, those negotiations are more likely than ever to get a little heated.
You can expect lots of competition, cutthroat tactics, all-cash offers, and bidding wars. Don’t you want a savvy and experienced professional negotiator on your side to seal the best deal for you?
And it’s not just about how much money you end up spending or netting. As your Realtor, Tom will help draw up a purchase agreement that allows enough time for inspections, contingencies, and anything else that’s crucial to your particular needs.
4. We are connected to everyone
Tom might not know everything, but he makes it his mission to know just about everyone who can possibly help in the process of buying or selling a home. Mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home stagers, interior designers—the list goes on—and they’re all in my network. Use them.
5. They adhere to a strict code of ethics
Not every real estate agent is a Realtor, who is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of Realtors®, the largest trade group in the country. Tom does.
What difference does it make? Realtors are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.
This is the biggest financial (and possibly emotional) decision of your life, and guiding you through it isn’t a responsibility Tom takes lightly.
Call Tom TODAY! 616-886-6766
Adapted from Rachel Stults is a senior editor at realtor.com, covering advice around all things real estate, home decor, renting, and moving. She is also realtor.com’s video programming manager.