Know Your Options
Most people look to buy a house with the help of a real estate agent. In our view, using a real estate agent is highly recommended for a number of reasons:
Realtors work hard and provide excellent service.
You usually do not have to pay to use a realtor in order to find a home – the seller is usually responsible for paying the commission
Thanks to the multiple listing service and a computer database used by realtors, you save time and energy and can quickly focus on houses in your preferred price range, size, style, desired neighbourhood, etc.
Realtors have the knowledge and experience to give you an objective opinion of a house. They can help point out any particular strengths and weaknesses of a property that you might miss.
A realtor can take the emotion out of looking at houses, which should help improve your perspective and decision-making along the way, as well a help you with the negotiation process.
When viewing a house with a realtor, the owner is not there to take mental note of your reaction. It is tough to negotiate a bargain if the owner has already seen how badly you want the place.
If you consider a house that is being sold privately by owner, a realtor will usually not be involved. Consult with a lawyer ahead of time. There are many important aspects to this particular type of purchase you should consider before making a commitment.