Monday, December 16, 2013

Local Agent – Local Knowledge - Raleigh, NC Real Estate Experts

Local Agent – Local Knowledge 

Raleigh, NC Real Estate Experts

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it pays to use a local agent with local knowledge. A local agent knows what’s happening in the area and has a well-established local network of people to work with such as mortgage professionals, home inspectors, home repair experts, and more.

Being local also means that the Agent will be able to analyze things like local services information (about education, schools, local amenities), local demographics, and house-price information that is relevant to the area. Local knowledge can even be as detailed as knowing about future development projects that could affect home values, upcoming zoning changes for schools, HOA's with known issues and even neighborhoods that have had potential problems that could affect you.

As a Buyer, using a local Agent with local knowledge, you can save yourself a lot of time and aggravation. Using a Buyer's Agent in NC is free to the Buyer. The Seller pays all Realtor Fees. Even homes for sale by owner (FSBO's) will often participate with a Buyer's agent and pay their fee. Your Agent can ask for you. There are a lot of details that go into buying a home from picking out the perfect place, to negotiations, to inspections, repairs all the way to closing. Having a local Agent with local knowledge, can help you avoid many pitfalls throughout the process.

Sellers greatly benefit from working with a local Agent with local knowledge. Finding an Agent who has sold homes in your area, one who is familiar with the local market and what buyers are looking for, and an Agent who has local connections for contractors and vendors, will save you time and money in the long run. Also a well connected Agent can often find you a buyer before the home is listed by marketing it to other Agents they know.

Working with a local Agent with local knowledge does not in any way imply small and parochial. Even major international property chains prefer to work with local Agents who have good knowledge of the area in which they live and operate.

Of course you need to be sure that the Realtor you choose to work with is an experienced professional, and somebody who will have your interests at heart. A good local Agent will be able to accurately assess the market in your area and how it relates to your situation.

Whether you are a buyer or a Seller, always interview Agents to find the right person for the job. A real estate transaction is a big event and needs to be handled by a professional. Ask for Testimonials too! This is a great indicator of an Agent's ability to serve your needs.

If you are looking for an experienced local Agent with local knowledge to help your buy or sell a home in the Raleigh, NC area - CONTACT US at Lisa Southern Real Estate. We have lived and worked in this area for many years representing buyers, sellers, & investors.