When the decision is made to buy a home or piece of property, one of the initial steps to take in the right direction is to use an experienced real estate broker to help in the search for the right buy. For the buyer, a realtor is absolutely the way to go, especially since they buyer pays nothing to the realtor. The seller pays a realtor a percentage of the sale of the property. It is undeniably in the buyer’s favor to use the resources of a real estate broker and gain maximum exposure to the homes for sale in the multiple listing service (MLS), which can be as fast as the snap of a finger.

One of the pitfalls many buyers fall into when deciding to buy is to immediately assume that they should try a “for sale by owner” (FSBO) property because they feel that dealing with realtors can be a hassle and cause the price of the home to be marked up. This is not the case and homes are rarely sold accurately in this regard. A FSBO seller can spin any story they want with absolutely no proof to the buyer that the stats are true and the price is right. A professional realtor can accurately weigh the balances of the market and current trends in pricing.

One of the best things about working with a realtor is your option to stop working with one and choosing another. The realtor/buyer relationship is important and the two must work together comfortably. A good realty broker will only show houses to the buyer that they want to see rather than pushing properties that aren’t a good match for whatever business reasons they may have. A good realtor listens carefully to your wants and needs and gains your trust. This is a person you will likely spend a lot of time with going over pictures, listings, and ultimately viewing houses with. You will discuss other aspects of buying, such as the price you are willing to pay, the area you want to live, and so on.

In the end, you’ll hopefully find the house you’ve been looking for and be ready to make an offer. The realty agent will provide you with a standard form that covers specifics like price, amenities and conditions. Although it might seem like the realty agent is working for you, essentially they are working for the seller, as it is the seller who is paying the fees. But a professional agent will always act courteously and help in the negotiating process. They will be able to provide helpful suggestions and tips to help make the deal a workable one. In the end, the decision is yours, so make it a good one!