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What is the role of a real estate agent?

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Buying or selling a property can be a stressful experience and many people wonder if they should engage the services of a real estate professional.

A Realtor is there to provide expert advice and guide you along your journey. However, with so many real estate websites and mobile apps allowing people to search for and identify properties, it is understandable to question the need of an agent.

An experienced agent can offer much more than just advice, here is a more detailed look at the role of a Realtor:

Educate 

At Whistler Real Estate all of our agents are long-time locals and experts in the nuances of the Whistler market. They are able to provide you with detailed information on the current conditions, specific homes, and comparable sales within the area.

The buying and selling process can sometimes be complicated, but they are here to educate you in a way that is understandable for everyone, and continue to provide advice throughout the process.

Guide

Before you begin the process your Realtor will take time to understand your specific needs and wants, along with your preferences, budget, and motivation. They will narrow down your search based on all of these requirements, and tailor the entire process to you.

They will act as your guide every step of the way, talking you through and explaining each stage. They will provide answers to any questions you have and offer more assistance where required.

Network

Part of the benefit of working with a knowledgable, local Realtor is access to their network. An agent who is familiar with the area will often know about homes that are for sale, even before they are officially listed.

A good agent will know, and have good working relationships, with other local agents. They will also have a trusted network of professionals such as lenders, home inspectors, and contractors who they can refer as well.

Full Representation

Real estate law contractually binds your agent to you, meaning that they are looking out for your needs and your needs only. Whether you’re buying or selling you can be safe in the knowledge that they have your best interests at hand and will do everything to secure the best possible deal for you.

Negotiate

Your agent will handle all aspects of the negotiation process. This includes all interaction with the other party’s representative, along with preparation of any relevant forms.

As an individual it can be quite hard to separate yourself from the transaction during the negotiation process, so having an experienced Realtor handle everything for you makes it so much easier.

Management

The paperwork and processes associated with real estate transactions can be time consuming and exhaustive, especially with the risk of filling them out incorrectly.

Your agent will manage everything from start to finish and will help you navigate through each complex document, allowing you to take a backseat while they take care of your needs.

For more information on buying and selling in Whistler and how our agents can help you, feel free to get in touch!