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.....Top 12 Reasons to use a Realtor


1. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana Area REALTOR can help you determine your buying power --  that is, your financial reserves plus your borrowing capacity. If you give your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR® some basic information about your available savings, income and current debt, he or she can refer you to lenders best qualified to help you. Most lenders -- banks and mortgage companies -- offer limited choices.

 

2. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR has many resources to assist you in your home search. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the Lafayette or surrounding Acadiana Area market, and it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available homes or properties.

 

3. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each home or property.  Real Estate agents who are REALTORS have access to a variety of informational resources. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can provide local community information on utilities, zoning. schools, etc. There are two things you'll want to know. First, will your new home or property provide the environment you want for a home or investment? Second, will the home or property have resale value when I am ready to sell?

 

4. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can help you negotiate. There are myriad negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings or equipment. The purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate home or property inspections and investigations before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your real estate agent can advise you as to which home or property investigations and inspections are recommended or required.

 

5. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR provides due diligence during the evaluation of the home or property. Depending on the area and home or property, this could include inspections for termites, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well tests, just to name a few. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can assist you in finding qualified responsible professionals to do most of these investigations and provide you with written reports. You will also want to see a preliminary report on the title of the home or property. Title indicates ownership of the home or property and can be mired in confusing status of past owners or rights of access. The title to most homes or properties will have some limitations; for example, easements (access rights) for utilities. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR, title company or attorney can help you resolve issues that might cause problems at a later date.

 

6. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can help you in understanding different financing options and in identifying qualified lenders.

 

7. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together smoothly.

 

8. When buying or selling your home, your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. These are key factors in getting your home or property sold at the best price, making fair competitive offers, and doing so quickly and with minimum hassle.

 

9. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. Often, your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of your property. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. In many markets across the country, over 50% of real estate sales are cooperative sales; that is, a real estate agent other than yours brings in the buyer. Your REALTOR acts as the marketing coordinator, disbursing information about your home or property to other real estate agents through a Multiple Listing Service ( MLS ) or other cooperative marketing networks, open houses for agents, etc. The REALTOR Code of Ethics requires REALTORS to utilize these cooperative relationships when they benefit their clients.

 

10. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR will know when, where and how to advertise your property. There is a misconception that advertising sells real estate. The National Association of REALTORS studies show that 82% of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, family and personal contacts. When a property is marketed with the help of your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.

 

11. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can help you objectively evaluate every buyer's proposal without compromising your marketing position. This initial agreement is only the beginning of a process of appraisals, inspections and financing -- a lot of possible pitfalls. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can help you write a legally binding, win-win agreement that will be more likely to make it through the process.

 

12. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can help close the sale of your home. Between the initial sales agreement and closing (or settlement), questions may arise. For example, unexpected repairs are required to obtain financing or a cloud in the title is discovered. The required paperwork alone is overwhelming for most sellers. Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR is the best person to objectively help you resolve these issues and move the transaction to closing (or settlement).

All real estate licensees are not the same.

Only real estate licensees who are members of the National Association of REALTORS are properly called REALTORS. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR again.

 

Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR.

What Your Lafayette LA REALTOR Can Do for You

The Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR you work with could be one of your most valuable resources. Unlike many real estate agents who are simply licensed by their state to do business, your LAfayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR has taken additional steps to become members of their local board of REALTORS and have agreed to act under and adhere to a strict Code of Ethics. Plus...

 

  • Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can guide you through the process of selling your home from beginning to end.
  • Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can help you determine how much home you can afford. Your REALTOR can also suggest ways to accrue the down payment and explain alternative financing methods.
  • Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR, in addition to knowing the local money market, also can tell you what personal and financial data to bring with you when you apply for a loan.
  • Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR is already familiar with current real estate values, taxes, utility costs, municipal services and facilities, and may be aware of local zoning changes that could affect your decision to buy.
  • Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can usually research your housing needs in advance through a Multiple Listing Service (MLS)--even if you are relocating from another city.
  • Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can show you homes best suited to your needs--size, style, features, location, accessibility to schools, transportation, shopping and other personal preferences.
  • Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR often can suggest simple, imaginative changes that make a home more suitable for you and improve its utility and value.
  • Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR is sensitive to the importance you place on this major commitment you are about to make. Look for a real estate professional to facilitate negotiation of a win-win agreement that will satisfy both you and the seller.
  • Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR can share information about your home through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and on the Internet.
  • Your Lafayette LA or Acadiana REALTOR aids in complying with the disclosures required by law.