Allison was looking to buy a condo. She found one that she really wanted. The seller would provide owner financing. He said she could get the best deal if she did not use a real estate agent. Allison really wanted it and they signed a contract. She completed the down payment, and closed on the condo. Everything was going well. But about 2 years later she was notified of a lay off from her job. Allison immediately made the seller aware of the situation. Then was absolutely shocked when he said she could lose the condo to him once her payments reached 30 days behind. What Allison did not realize is that the contract she signed to purchase the condo was a land contract which does not transfer legal title to her until the full sale price amount is paid.

Marc and June were looking for a bigger and saw one June really wanted. However they need to sell their current home first. They made a decision to not use a realtor. After 3 months their house was still up for sale with no offers. The totals of the cost from newspaper ads, and keeping the house up on a very popular home website was really starting to add up. Also adding to this, they were taking a hit in their pay every time one of them had to leave work, to show the home. Then the house June wanted was sold. That really discouraged her. She did not want to keep trying to sell, and would cut the lost. They took the house off everything. They may try to sell again later.

Scenarios like these happen all the time each year in the U.S. These stories are the reason for this article. The objective of this information is to give an overview of the many advantages and benefits of using a real estate professional when buying, or selling a home.

Right from the start… it would be dishonest if we did not say that lots of people do successfully buy a home, or sell their home without a real estate agent. However the statistics are pretty clear that the overwhelming majority are not successful. Added to this, feedback statistics indicate people really regret not being represented by a realtor.

In the case of Allison… the bottom line is any brand new agent, just out of real estate school, would have immediately seen this was a land contract. There is nothing illegal about it, and it gives the buyer all of the rights of ownership except the most important one which is legal title. And a realtor would have quickly notice the extremely severe late payment penalty. Any agent would have cautioned Allison, of not begged Allison, to really think about whether or not this would be a good deal for her.

In Marc and June’s case… They would not have spent a cent on advertising. They would not have needed to take time away from work. They would not have to deal with showing the home. And though no one can make absolute guarantees, they would have had a way better chance of quickly selling their home. They would have gotten that house June wanted.

Selling, or buying, a house is an extremely big money investment. It is ranked as one of the biggest events in life. The experience, knowledge, and expertise of a real estate agent are a valuable asset.

FOR HOME BUYERS: A significant reason why many avoid realtors is that most sales related jobs have negative stereotypes. From car salesmen, to insurance sales, to the lady behind the fragrance counter in a department store. Many sales men & women are thought of as rude, pushy, overbearing, untruthful, will pressure you, will say anything to get a commission, etc.

But realtors are not just salespeople. They are independent agents, working for the home buyer, acting on their behalf as their representative providing assistance with the home purchase. Real estate agents do not sell the home. The home owner is the person selling it.

Real estate agents are advocates, consultants, representatives, advisers, mediators, social workers, guidance counselors, credit repair specialist, or anything that a home buyer needs to accomplish their goal of owning a home. The real estate agent will literally take you by the hand, and lead you from beginning, to closing, if necessary.