What Does a Real Estate Agent Do?

When making weighty life decisions with long-lasting effects, you most certainly want to seek the advice of others. This may be your spouse, your parents, a mentor, or, if applicable, an expert in the field. This is why a local real estate agent is priceless when it comes to selling or buying a home. As seasoned top producing real estate agents in the Murphys, Arnold, and Sonora, California region, we know the buying and selling process, the area, and the market. We also have great reputations and work hard for our clients going above and beyond and are readily available. Having an experienced agent on your team can help prevent any surprises or unnecessary hurdles along the way. But, what does a real estate agent do? We are keenly aware and would love to share a little about what our job entails!

What a Real Estate Agent Does for the Buyer

In short, a realtor will help remove the guesswork, unknowns, and frustrations from the buying process. In real estate, there can be numerous twists and turns and a good agent anticipates issues and problem solves. From the moment you decide you want to buy a house, your realtor is working for you!

First, they will listen to and clarify your desires in a house and steer you in the right direction based on your needs and desires in a home. Early in the process, they will help you get preapproved for a mortgage with a trusted mortgage lender that they know also goes the extra mile for their clients. Getting preapproved helps to prevent hiccups later when you are ready to close on your house and shows the seller that you are a serious qualified buyer. 

Once your realtor has a great idea of what you’re interested in, they will begin searching for houses that meet your criteria and send you listings of potential houses. You only need to sit back and check them out. When you find a listing that piques your interest, your realtor will arrange a viewing, review any disclosures or inspection reports provided and verify the neighborhood and surroundings meet your criteria.

Once you find a home you love, your realtor will help you make a competitive offer and negotiate if necessary. Realtors will also have appropriate suggestions for repairs or changes you could ask for and communicate with the seller’s agent on your behalf. Remember, an experienced realtor knows the local housing market and will be an extremely valuable advisor through this part of the process. So you can be assured you are not paying too much! 

Finally, your realtor knows the who, what, when of necessary paperwork and reports to make it official. What could be a major headache for you is commonplace for your realtor. 

What a Real Estate Agent Does for the Seller

When selling a house, a realtor is equally as valuable. When you first decide it’s time to sell, your realtor will visit your house. They can offer suggestions for simple repairs, quick renovations or updates, or even decorating hacks that can make a huge difference for potential buyers. They will arrange for a professional real estate photographer for your listing and then list your home on all the best avenues. 

Your realtor will handle it all from screening for serious buyers, arranging viewings, or preparing open houses. When you receive an offer, the realtor will take care of the hassle of communicating with the buyer’s agent regularly, scheduling inspections, negotiating the contract, and preparing and submitting documents. Your house will be sold before you know it, and without the stress!

So, what does a real estate agent do? The better question might be, what does a real estate agent NOT do? Navigating the real estate world can be complicated and stressful. But it doesn’t have to be! Our goal is to make the buying or selling process as smooth and hassle-free as possible for you. Team French works hard to shelter you from as much emotion and stress as possible. That way, you can focus on your next move or adventure.

Let Team French do the leg work for you when it comes to buying or selling in Gold Country. We are your guide to Gold Country Living and Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Amador County real estate. Please contact us today for your buying or selling needs. We would love to sit down with you and get to know you. Let’s talk about what we can do for you!

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