With a bevy of apps offering real estate listings at your fingertips on your smartphone, many folks understandably take advantage when they begin their home searches. And while they are definitely fun and can help get you some vague ideas about your local real estate market, the truth is, people who are actually considering buying a home (not just killing time scrolling through listing while they are bored at work) are far better off involving a real estate professional in their home search early in the process. In this article, we will break down four of the top reasons to use a realtor when it comes time to find your new home.
Your Home Search: Reasons to Use a Realtor
Realtors have access to ARMLS and can customize your search criteria
The Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) is a powerful tool to help find the perfect house and one of the top reasons to use a realtor. In addition to the basic filters you would expect from any service listing homes, ARMLS lets your realtor filter searches beyond basic parameters like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms or square footage. Instead, your realtor can customize your filters based on your particular likes and dislikes — Need a pantry? Love wall ovens? Only want to see homes with non-laminate counters? No problem! Heck, you can even tell your realtor that you only want to see homes with airplane runway access, if that is your jam.
Sites like Zillow and Trulia give inaccurate search results
In addition to the added search capacity, the accuracy of the ARMLS listings is far superior as well. Buying a home is among the most important financial decisions you will ever make and it is pertinent that you have all of the information you need to make a wise decision. Sites that let you search yourself (like Zillow and Trulia) are full of errors. Not only might it turn out that you are not seeing all of the listings currently on the market — while still seeing listings for houses that have already closed sales — but the estimates of home values are troubled on these sites as well.
This is one of the primary reasons to use a realtor as soon as you start thinking about buying a new home. As a real estate professional, your realtor should have a thorough knowledge of the real estate market in your area and be able to thoroughly assess a property value, tell you about trends in the housing market for the neighborhood. Your realtor will talk to you about a number of factors such as how long you plan on staying in the home and your financial priorities to make sure that when it is finally time to pull the trigger, you are making an offer on a home that will set you up to achieve your financial goals for home ownership.
A realtor can help you set realistic expectations
Because of their expertise in all things real estate, a qualified realtor will be able to help you through the process of buying a home by giving you realistic expectations for how long it will take to find the home you want in your price range, how long the closing process will take and what type of return you might expect from your home based on historical data. Your realtor will also be an invaluable ally when it comes to knowing what you should expect from others involved in your real estate transaction (like a mortgage professional, appraiser, etc.) and make recommendations if it turns out you are being faced with sub par service.
There are 23,000 homes for sale in the Valley
Look, with more than 23,000 homes currently for sale in the Valley, finding the perfect one can be like finding a needle in a haystack. And that is before you even factor in all of the time you will waste debating with your spouse about whether or not you two already looked at that listing online last week.
Overall, one of the most powerful reasons to use a realtor for your home search is so that they can help you by only presenting you with the listings that are worth your while. Their knowledge of the real estate market and area, access to powerful search tools and exclusive listings, along with the relationship they will be building with you to learn about what you need to get out of a home will prepare your realtor better than anyone to find a house you will feel confident purchasing.
To get started with your home search, call us today. After a quick conversation, we will match you up with your perfect realtor so that you can start productively searching for your next home — and making your own list of all of the reasons to use a realtor for home searches from here on out!