Many of us use the Internet, at least in part, for nearly everything we do. Preparing to buy or sell a home is no exception. While various websites may be a great source of information, the Internet is a poor substitute for the knowledge, experience and resources of a trusted Realtor®.
Valuing and Pricing a Home
When it comes to setting a price for your home, or determining if a home’s list price is a good value, the Internet can be of limited use. Websites such as Zillow use a static algorithm to determine the value of a home, and it depends on information that may be outdated or incorrect. These website home valuation scores are worth a look, but you should take them with a grain of salt.
When you work with a local North Florida Realtor, you have access to real, local knowledge and current market trends. Your Realtor sees homes, condos and land every day; and works closely with homebuyers and sellers.
Explanations and Referrals
The home search is only the first step in the process of buying a home in the Lake City area. Similarly, listing your home or other property for sale is just the beginning of the process of selling it. Having an experienced Realtor to explain the process and walk you through the steps of your real estate transaction can be an enormous benefit.
Additionally, your Realtor can refer you to other industry professionals you may need along the way. This can include:
- Mortgage brokers or loan officers
- Title insurers
- Home inspectors
- Building and remodeling contractors
Negotiating a Real Estate Transaction
Most real estate transactions will involve negotiations between the buyer and seller. Having an experienced negotiator to advocate for your best interests can result in better terms, a fairer price, and often a faster closing for your home sale or purchase.