4 Things Only a Local Realtor Knows About Gainesville Real Estate
Local agents know MORE about the Gainesville real estate market than anything on the Internet! According to the National Association of Realtors, 42 percent of homebuyers start their home search online, and 92 percent use the Web during the home search process. While the Internet can be a good place to start looking, there are things your local Gainesville real estate agent knows about the process of buying and selling a home that can’t be found in any Web browser.
1. How to Price a Home
When setting a listing price, agents consider scores of factors, from local and national market trends and neighborhood development activity to the latest buyer preferences for kitchen appliances and landscaping. Every home is unique, and an agent with a track record of success knows how to price YOUR HOME attractively in the Gainesville market. Local agent have the local, accurate stats on closed sales in your neighborhood.
The Internet isn’t always much help when it comes to comparison shopping either. Many of the same factors that help an agent set an appropriate listing price aren’t available in an algorithm, so online estimators aren’t always accurate – and could be costly if you purchase without consulting a local Gainesville Realtor.
2. Marketing Offline
While online marketing can certainly be valuable, agents have networks of contacts and years of experience to round out their marketing plans. Yes, online marketing is extremely important. But your local agent networks with our Gainesville-Alachua Association of Realtors. Your local agent will have direct networking with other local agents.
And, for buyers, agents often can tap into their network to learn about great properties before they hit the real estate websites or even the MLS.
3. Key points in the process
If you find a home you love online, the website won’t be there to guide you through a mortgage application, find a home inspector or advise you what to do if an inspection reveals issues. Your local agent will provide you with information on local lenders, loan programs, and reputable inspectors to serve your needs.
4. How to negotiate
Having an experienced, professional negotiator drive your transaction can be vital to reaching a fair price for the property you’re buying or selling. An Internet website can give you an estimate of how much a property should cost, but it can’t evaluate whether that’s a great price or not. Your local agent will know how to pin-point the true pricing on local neighborhoods. Your local agent will guide you to price the home well in the current market. If you are a buyer, your local agent will make sure to guide you with opinions on the list price of the homes you are viewing. Are they priced right? Over-priced or a good price? Your local agent knows more about LOCAL information that anything on the internet!
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