A recent report from the National Association of Realtors shows that a vast majority of families with children prefer to use an experienced real estate agent to help in the process. Some of the reasons are described below:
Buying a Home in a Good School District
Many parents have the inate desire to ensure that their children have the best opportunities to do well in school and life. As a direct result, there is higher demand for buying a home in a good school district. A good school district usually means a stable neighborhood. A stable neighborhood usually means that there is very little turnover in property, which means that people live in the same house for a very long time – usually decades. This makes finding a house in that neighborhood that much more difficult. To get an edge in finding residential real estate and negotiating with the property owner, home buyers with children often rely on the experience of a real estate agent.
Negotiating Power of a Realtor
An experienced realtor offers stronger negotiating power or authority to buy a home. There are several reasons for this. First, they have the experience of negotiations. It is what they do. There is a long of communication, dialogue, give and take, etc, in the process of a purchase this size. They know what to look for and what to ask, and sometimes what not to ask. In a high demand market, an experienced negotiator might be exactly what you need to buy the house you want. Second, they are licensed by the state of Indiana. They are expected to work at a higher standard. There are certain things they are not allowed to do by law, such as misrepresentation. Third, they are familiar with the entire process. Familiarity decreases the time needed to conduct negotiations and finalize the deal. This reduces tension and streamlines the entire process making the final outcome a surer bet.
Help with Moving with Children
Realtors have a list of contacts that can help a family move into the house. They can provide contacts, including day care, moving equipment, storage facilities, and even good restaurants. Real estate agents are usually very familiar with the area and can give you good recommendations. Also, because they want return and referral business from you, they will do their best to find those that are the best fit for your situation.