What Does A Realtor Do Besides Show Me Homes?
So, we get this question a lot. And we love it because it gives us a chance to share all the benefits of working with a Realtor. As the best Ponte Vedra Beach Realtors, our team can offer a wide range of assistance to prospective home buyers. Choosing the right agent can save you a great deal of money and secure you the home of your dreams.
:: Is Every Real Estate Agent a Realtor? ::
The quick answer is no. Therefore, you need to be sure you are working with a professional realtor. It is important to be clear about definitions.
Real estate agent: Anyone who earns a real estate license can be called a real estate agent. They need to attend classes and pass their exams.
Real estate broker: This is a real estate agent who has taken further classes and passed a brokers license exam. Brokers can work alone or hire other agents to work for them.
REALTOR: A Realtor is a real estate agent or broker who is a member of the National Association of Realtors, and must therefore uphold the standards of the association and abide by its code of ethics. Read more here: https://www.nar.realtor/
Find a realtor first. Then determine if this is a person you will feel comfortable dealing with. A good realtor can soon start to seem like a member of the family.
:: Showing You Homes ::
Yes, showing you homes will be a key part of our job, but we get to know you and your family in order to find a home that will suit your tastes and needs. We'll also keep in mind your price range and overall budget.
:: Assist With Pre-Approval ::
We have a reliable network of trusted lenders and professionals commonly involved in the many details related to you buying a home, and they will help the sale go through smoothly all the way to closing. The first step is to get a mortgage pre-approved so you can start shopping.
Note that pre-approval means that the lender has gone through all of your financial paperwork, such as proof of employment and income, and assessed your credit report. We can coach you through getting a pre-approval letter so you can make a quality offer when we find the perfect home.
:: Give Advice about the Local Housing Market and Neighborhood ::
Some neighborhoods have a certain character, and are more desirable than others. Not all four-bedrooms are created equal. Be sure to inform us of any special requirements from the outset like being close to an elementary school or high school or near places like the beach.
As Ponte Vedra Beach real estate experts, we'll share with you information about similar houses have sold for recently and might be able to connect you with a bargain house that needs to be sold quickly, or which has just reduced its asking price significantly.
:: Negotiating Your Offer ::
This is where our years of experience and local know-how come into play! Leave this to the pros and we'll help negotiate the best price for you. It will be contingent on what the house inspection reveals.
:: Connecting You with a Reliable House Inspector ::
We want you to be happy and not stuck with a "lemon". We will recommend reliable inspectors, and based on what they find, the house valuation may be lower, in which case you can adjust your offer accordingly. We'll help with that, too :)
:: Attending the Home Inspection ::
We will attend the inspection and take part actively. Two pairs of eyes will always be better than one. After the inspector has provided a report, we work with you to understand the information and determine if it impacts the sale.
If further negotiations are needed, we'll handle those.
As you can see, not any Realtor will do. Working with the best Ponte Vedra Beach real estate agents can make a real difference to the house-buying process. We're committed to helping you find a home that's a perfect match to your lifestyle.
(Photos courtesy of the Young Fouraker Day listing at 1180 Salt Marsh Circle in TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl)