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There are many trends going around these days that are encouraging home buyers to purchase a home without using a real estate agent.  Some of these other options include using an app or website to help you find your home, or just doing it yourself.  Despite these new options popping up for home buyers, more Americans are using real estate agents than ever before, according to a new Harris Insights housing consumer study.  Below are just a few of the reasons why Americans still find it beneficial to use a real estate agent instead of going with some alternative method to find and purchase a home.

 

1.) Working with someone you can trust. 

According to the study mentioned above, the number one thing people are looking for when selecting an agent is a referral from someone they trust.  People like the comfort of knowing that whoever is helping them truly has their best interests at heart.  Buying a home is stressful enough as it is.  You don’t want to have to worry about someone just trying to get you in the first home they can find so that they can make a quick buck.  You want to work with someone who has proven that they put their client’s first and are willing to go the extra mile to meet your needs.  Using a real estate agent like this takes a huge amount of stress off of the buyer’s plate, which gives peace of mind and makes for an overall much more positive home buying experience.

2.) The personal touch.

You cannot put a price on the benefits of being able to collaborate with another human being when you are making the largest investment of your life.  Buying a home is one of the most important decisions an individual will ever make.  Having an actual person there to give you feedback and make sure your voice is heard can go a long way in getting you into the home that is right for you.   Everyone’s situation is different.  Real estate agents have a plethora of resources to help them put your needs and desires at the forefront of the home searching process.   Not only that, but your needs and desires can change throughout the process.  You may look at some homes and realize that you actually want something different.  Having an agent allows you to bounce ideas off of them so they can seamlessly alter and adapt the search based on your preferences.

3.) Experience.

One of the most important things that a real estate agent can bring to the table that these alternative methods cannot is experience.  They know what they are doing because they do this for a living and they have gone through hours and hours of education to earn the right to be a real estate agent.  Also, they are out in the field every day, which means they know your area and the market better than anyone.  They aren’t just relying on some real estate app that uses algorithms to try to find a match.   They are relying on tried and true methods that they have been using personally throughout their careers.  They know what works and what doesn’t based on trial and error.  They know how to negotiate to get you the best possible deal.  They know how to make their clients happy because that is what keeps them in business.  The knowledge and expertise of a real estate agent cannot be overvalued when it comes to getting you into the home that will bring you joy for years to come.

 

These are just a few reasons why more Americans are using real estate agents than ever before.  There are so many advantages that come with using an agent that simply cannot be accessed through trying to do it yourself or going with the latest and greatest real estate technology.  If you are looking to find a real estate agent that you can trust, please don’t hesitate to ask us for guidance.  We work very closely with all of our agents and can ensure you that they will give you the personal touch you deserve when it comes to finding the home that is right for you.