Once Alex and I got our pre approval, we immediately began looking on Zillow for homes. We were about as green as it gets to the home buying process and had no idea how realtors worked or if we even needed one. I figured that we would just go see houses we liked on our own….piece of cake! Even though I was pretty positive that I did not in any way, shape, or form need a realtor, I asked one of my friends from work who he had used when he very recently purchased his own first home. He highly recommended his agent, Nicole Wood. He told me how easy she made the entire process and how helpful she was. I decided to check it out…just in case I was wrong. Well, as I sit in the comfort of our new home, let me tell you how absolutely wrong I was. We definitely needed Nicole every step of the way. If you are looking to buy, you 100% need your own real estate agent. Let me break it down for you:
- A buyer’s agent is absolutely different than a seller’s agent. Sure, you can just contact the agent listed on Zillow who is managing a listing, but that agent is representing the seller, not you. They have the seller’s interests in mind and are out to sell that particular property no matter how right it may be for you and your family. Nicole made sure that she directed us towards houses that were right for us. If we ended up seeing a house that was, well, gross, she got us out of there quick. A buyer’s agent wants to make a sale too, but they are much more willing to find you the home of your dreams!
- Nicole sent us emails every morning of all the updated listings in the area’s we were looking for. This was huge! The house we ultimately ended up buying we saw in that email first. Also, whenever we wanted to see a house, Nicole arranged it for us around our crazy schedules. I have no idea if would have ever been able to arrange that on our own!
- A buyer’s agent goes above and beyond…for you! Nicole was amazing, helping us every step of the way. She arranged our inspections and fire certificates. She helped us know exactly what needed to be done prior to our appraisal. I texted Nicole more than my own husband in the month that we were getting ready to sign. The constant check ins from her and all the time contact helped me feel much more at ease during the whole process. When we had a last minute snafu with the closing attorney, Nicole handled it like a champ.
- You do not pay for all these amazing benefits! Real estate agents work on commissions from the sales of the house, so you don’t pay any more or less for your home regardless if you hire your own agent or not. Why wouldn’t you hire someone with your best interests in mind? I only wish Nicole didn’t have to split the commission with the seller’s agent because she literally did everything for this sale (we never even met the seller’s agent once!)