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Are Real Estate Agents a Dying Breed?

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With the rise of online real estate shopping sites such as, Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia, has left many people wondering, is real estate agent is even needed anymore? The answer is still yes!Many people attempt to buy and sell their own home's by using these websites as a resource. However in certain markets it is almost impossible to play the roles of seller, buyer, and agent all at the same time. Here are a few reasons why:

1. When you list your home, you want it to sell quickly and for top dollar. Having professional assistance will help you
do both, especially in competitive markets like our current DFW area

2. Buyers are savvier than ever. To find the right buyer, we have to go where they are. An agent can do more than put a sign in your yard to attract buyers; they also utilize the latest online marketing tools to show your home at its best and entice buyers to learn more.

3. The first few weeks a house is on the market are vital. The longer a home remains on the market, the more likely a seller will have to reduce their listing price and/or offer incentives, such as a home warranty policy or assistance with closing costs,
to attract buyers. A real estate agent is skilled at negotiating and finding the perfect buyer.

4. Speaking of negotiating, your agent will always negotiate in your best interest. Buyers are looking for a deal on a home, and they’ll hire an experienced agent to negotiate the sale for them. Having a real estate pro on your side will even the playing field and help you negotiate the terms of the sale with your best interest in mind.

We hope this bit of advice helps! Whether you are struggling with the decision of hiring an agent or not, the home buying an selling process can be very stressful and competitive. In a situation containing those elements it's always good to have a professional in your corner.