Buying and selling isn't something that is easily done on your own-here's why you should always work with an agent for your real estate needs!
Buying a new home or selling your property is an exciting but often stressful event given that there are a lot of steps and papers involved. Unless you have a strong background in real estate, you likely will not know how to navigate a purchase or sale of a home. These transactions are complex and confusing, and it is best to have an experienced agent in your corner. While it is possible to purchase or sell a home without a real estate agent, it can be very overwhelming and may end up costing you more money in the long run.
Real estate agents are strong negotiators and experts in real estate: all agents are licensed professionals and have received extensive education and training. Agents work with their clients through every step of the process to ensure a smooth and fair transaction. Your agent should have your best interests in mind as they seal the deal on your purchase or sale.
What kinds of things does a real estate agent do?
They help you find homes that match your budget and needs
Negotiate offers, including the overall price and other contingencies in the purchase agreement.
Assist with the home inspection and negotiate any necessary repairs with the seller.
Decipher the contracts and paperwork, which may consist of detailed language and terms that you do not understand.
Provide you with a peace of mind in knowing that you are not entering a transaction that is not in your best interests.
It is for these reasons and more that the majority of homebuyers and sellers work with an agent: according to statistics provided by the National Association of Realtors, 86% of buyers purchased their new home with the help of an agent in 2022.
What should I look for in a real estate agent?
Finding an agent who is going to strongly advocate for you in a transaction is crucial. Experience is also important: you want an agent who knows what they are doing and who has a strong reputation in the community you are buying or selling in. But perhaps one of the most valuable things to look for in an agent is how they communicate with their clients. Because you likely have a lot of questions regarding your upcoming sale or purchase, you will want your agent to be easy to reach and welcoming of your questions.
Recognizing the importance of the buyer/seller and agent relationship, Kimberly Guilder has three core tenants to her business approach: service, integrity, and excellence. She provides personal attention to each client, is always readily available and highly communicative. Her goal is to provide peace of mind throughout the entire process and get the best outcome for her clients. In addition, she adheres to the highest level of ethics and ensures that all other parties act in a fair manner: she aggressively protects her client’s interests at all times. Lastly, Kimberly is dedicated to her practice: with ample experience and a positive reputation in the Virginia real estate market, she is a real estate agent you want on your side.