With all of the information available on sites like Trulia, Zillow, etc.  It may seem like you don’t even need a real estate agent.  You can see every house without walking in.

So what do you need a real estate agent for?

What you need is a real estate professional that will help make the buying experience easier for you.  One who can help you from the vey start to determine if now is the right time to buy (check out my post on renting vs. buying) and help you determine  how much you can afford to spend on a home.   You can then use these to help determine a budget and start your search at my website.

Mel Foster Co. is a leader in providing the tools that make the home buying experience easier and one great tool that we have available is our property watch.  Sign up for property watch and you can be the first to know about all “Just Listed” properties in your target area.  As your real estate professional, I can help you focus in on what you need and what you are looking for.  My experience in local markets will also help you to know how quickly you need to make a decision once you find a home you like.  In some markets, property moves slowly and in others, property is hardly listed a few days before an offer is made and accepted.

When you do find a home that you would like to purchase, I can help you determine the likely sales price, help you to write the offer an to negotiate on your behalf.  I think this is the area that many people see as the biggest benefit of using a real estate agent.  Certain things that home buyers may be unaware of (like orangeburg tile in parts of Davenport, or high radon levels in the area) are part of our daily dealings and it is important to know what you can test for prior to purchasing the property.  Certainly having a third party negotiate on your behalf is a huge benefit.  It removes the emotion and allows you time to think about what you actually want to do.  I will also act as your advocate to protect you during financing, negotiations, inspections, contingencies and possession.

Since this is what I do everyday, I also have an extensive network of mortgage lenders, home inspectors, lawyers, home repair specialists, movers, and almost anything related to home ownership!

The true benefit of signing on with a real estate professional early on in your search is that you can save tons of time.  You don’t have to wait for open houses to view a home. I can show you any house on the market at a time that is convenient for you.  This includes MelFoster listings, other companies listings, and even For Sale By Owners!

Some people hesitate to use a realtor to buy a house because they think they have to pay their commission, however my commission is paid for and pre-negotiated with the seller.

If you have any questions about what it would be like to work with a real estate professional like me, call or text me at 563.249.9170 or you can email me at charlotte@melfosterco.com.

Happy House Hunting!