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Should I Use a Realtor? Of course! And here's why...

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 4:46pm Engel & Völkers New Orleans

Buyers and Sellers alike are best represented by an expert in real estate transactions. Laws and disclosures are updated regularly and a Realtor is required to keep up with this information.  Your Realtor will make sure all forms are filled out, signed and presented timely so that you have a valid, enforceable contract.  This can mean the difference of thousands of dollars and litigation. A buyer’s or seller’s lack of knowledge of the law does not excuse them from liability.

Your Realtor will arrange showings of your home and those you want to see.  You can depend on your Realtor to know neighborhood information, answer questions about your house or one in which you are interested.  Your Realtor knows where to find the answers so that you can make an educated decision.  He or she also acts as a buffer for you.  They make and answer the calls for you and coordinate the transaction with agents, inspectors, lenders, appraisers, insurers and title companies.  Your transaction is a Realtor’s full-time job!

The brokerage fees are a percentage of the sale price set by the listing broker.  This is paid at closing from the Seller’s proceeds.  This fee is split between the listing and selling brokers.  So Buyers and Sellers do not have to come to the table with checks for these services.    As for limited listing services, or companies that offer to list your home for a lower commission amount, the old adage rings true in that “you get what you pay for.”    If they do not offer a complete package of services comparable to those a professional, educated, successful Realtor does, then they are doing you a disservice and statistics show those homes take much longer to sell.   

Give your most important purchase the respect and consideration it deserves.  Work with a professional licensed Realtor!      To learn more about our services for Buyers or Sellers, contact us today. 

Our partners at Realtor.com have provided a great list of reasons why using a Realtor is beyond a smart idea.    Forbes has a set of reasons they suggest, too!

Anne Comarda, Executive Vice President & Broker Associate

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