YEAH, YOU NEED A REALTOR®...

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

So you’ve decided to buy or sell a home. Congratulations! It’s really an exciting time. Now, have you contacted a REALTOR®? Will you?


We live in a day and age where we take pride in doing things ourselves. But some tasks really should be left to the pros. Like buying and selling real estate. Is it rocket science? No, we’ll give you that. But it is a complex process, not to mention heavy on the paperwork. A REALTOR® is there to advise you, navigate the ups and downs, and provide you with the most up-to-date market trends and data, all while looking out for your best interest.


Not convinced yet? I’ll keep talking…

So you’ve decided to buy or sell a home. Congratulations! It’s really an exciting time. Now, have you contacted a REALTOR®? Will you?


We live in a day and age where we take pride in doing things ourselves. But some tasks really should be left to the pros. Like buying and selling real estate. Is it rocket science? No, we’ll give you that. But it is a complex process, not to mention heavy on the paperwork. A REALTOR® is there to advise you, navigate the ups and downs, and provide you with the most up-to-date market trends and data, all while looking out for your best interest.


Not convinced yet? I’ll keep talking…


+BUYERS

Back in the day the basic tenant of real estate business was “buyer beware”. The real estate process was set up to favor the seller and the burden was on the buyer to evaluate the quality and value of a property. That’s all changed. Buyers now have the right to be fully informed on the property they’re about to purchase. A REALTOR® knows what information to get on your behalf, as well as the questions to ask and paperwork to obtain.


A buyer’s agent is there to look out for your best interests. They’ll represent you through negotiations and all the way to the closing table. An even better REALTOR® will continue to partner with you during your home ownership journey. (Think recommendations for repairs or work etc.) It’s more than just looking at homes and submitting offers. There’s the inspection process and appraisal to get through. They know your rights as a buyer and they’re prepared to advocate for you.


+SELLERS

Likewise, the same is true for a seller’s agent, aka list agent. First, they’ll help you determine an appropriate list price and competitive marketing strategy. They’ll work with you to market your home and they’ll advocate for you through negotiations and inspection. Just like a buyer’s agent, the seller’s agent knows your rights and duties as a seller. They’ll be there to make sure you’re not taken for a ride.


+IN GENERAL

Either way, a REALTOR® works for you. They can connect you with the appropriate vendors to get the deal closed (think lenders, inspectors, contractors, etc.). They know what paperwork needs to be completed and on file in order to complete a transaction. They’ll join you at closing to make sure everything is as it should be according to the contract. They’re job is to be your partner every step of the way during this process.


In short, REALTORs® are your advocate, someone to bounce ideas off of, someone to vent to, and let’s be honest, they’ll probably provide a few counseling sessions along the way… They’ll

laugh with you, cry with you… and then they’ll do the happy dance with you when you receive an accepted offer. Sure, you could go it alone, take the risk. Or you could bring a friend along for the ride!


Back in the day the basic tenant of real estate business was “buyer beware”. The real estate process was set up to favor the seller and the burden was on the buyer to evaluate the quality and value of a property. That’s all changed. Buyers now have the right to be fully informed on the property they’re about to purchase. A REALTOR® knows what information to get on your behalf, as well as the questions to ask and paperwork to obtain.


A buyer’s agent is there to look out for your best interests. They’ll represent you through negotiations and all the way to the closing table. An even better REALTOR® will continue to partner with you during your home ownership journey. (Think recommendations for repairs or work etc.) It’s more than just looking at homes and submitting offers. There’s the inspection process and appraisal to get through. They know your rights as a buyer and they’re prepared to advocate for you.


+SELLERS

Likewise, the same is true for a seller’s agent, aka list agent. First, they’ll help you determine an appropriate list price and competitive marketing strategy. They’ll work with you to market your home and they’ll advocate for you through negotiations and inspection. Just like a buyer’s agent, the seller’s agent knows your rights and duties as a seller. They’ll be there to make sure you’re not taken for a ride.


+IN GENERAL

Either way, a REALTOR® works for you. They can connect you with the appropriate vendors to get the deal closed (think lenders, inspectors, contractors, etc.). They know what paperwork needs to be completed and on file in order to complete a transaction. They’ll join you at closing to make sure everything is as it should be according to the contract. They’re job is to be your partner every step of the way during this process.


In short, REALTORs® are your advocate, someone to bounce ideas off of, someone to vent to, and let’s be honest, they’ll probably provide a few counseling sessions along the way… They’ll laugh with you, cry with you… and then they’ll do the happy dance with you when you receive an accepted offer. Sure, you could go it alone, take the risk. Or you could bring a friend along for the ride!



I probably should tell you that I am an FPG agent and our Social Media Coordinator. I’m a boy mom for life and constantly chasing messes (when I’m not breaking up fights!) and truly love serving my community by way of real estate. I get to meet and help so many amazing people around town! It has been an awesome career. Now as the brokerage’s Social Media Coordinator, I get to brag about how awesome our city and people are. Win win.


My husband and I were referred to FPG when we returned home to Indiana. I was drawn to their way of doing business and when I was offered an opportunity to join them the choice was easy! If you’re thinking of a career in real estate, or one with Ferris Property Group, we’d love to talk.

- Kate Sowles



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