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Three Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

Through smartphone screens and over laptop keyboards, we all truly have the world at our fingertips.  From ridesharing services to dating apps, hotel rentals to booking air travel, we live in a DIY universe.  As you start down the road to buying or selling your house, you may be tempted to DIY your house hunt as well.  However, real estate is a tricky and everchanging business.  This week, we pause to take a look at three reasons you should work with a real estate agent in buying or selling your home:

  1. Education and Experience

Most people don’t have much hands-on experience with buying and selling homes.  When you hire a real estate agent, you take all the pressure off yourself.  You don’t have to know the ins and outs of the market, because your agent knows it intimately and expertly.  The innovator Henry Ford once said that if you want to prove you’re the smartest person in the room, work with people who are smarter than you.  This is a big decision!  You want to make sure that you are working with an expert.

  1. Human Spam Filter

Buying a home can be a lot like checking your email.  Sometimes you have to filter through a whole lot of junk to get at anything good or important.  A real estate agent can act like a human spam filter for your search for your new home.  They will take into account everything you’re looking for a curate the houses that you visit.  They can also help keep other agents’ at bay.

This goes for those looking to sell, too.  Real estate agents know the difference between a serious buyer and a tourist just wanting to take a look around.  They can filter phone calls to find the perfect buyer for your home.

  1. Know the Neighborhood

Real estate agents have their fingers on the pulse of their communities.  This is especially important when you are moving to a new city.  You don’t want to be a newly wed twenty-something in the middle of a block of retirees, and chances are you don’t want to finally have an empty nest just to be surrounded by college student renters.  Agents will be able to guide you to an area that fits your lifestyle as well as your wallet.

This knowledge is also invaluable when trying to set a price point or bargain for a lower-than-listed price on a home.  Neighborhoods, school data, crime statistics, and demographics all impact how much a house goes for.  A real estate agent worth their salt will be able to help you navigate pot holes that may exist within your blind spots.

Are you looking to relocate to the Minneapolis area?  Don’t DIY your move and let the details slip through the cracks!  Contact Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group today and start your way down the path to realizing your homeownership goals.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’sesteemed small business community.  Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area.  With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered.  So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.