Real Estate Agents in Houston
When you are looking for an established Houston real estate agent to help you buy or sell a home, the team at Equinox is here for you. We work with a wide range of clients, helping them to find what they are looking for in the Houston area’s local market.
Listed below are 8 major benefits to working with a realtor:
8: Requesting Repairs
Often, the touchiest part of a real estate purchase involves the delicate dance of requesting repairs. A real estate agent will be able to identify trouble that you may not see, as well as recommend a good independent home inspector who will provide a detailed report on problems with the house.
These reports can be dozens of pages long. Within all those pages, some problems are important and others aren’t. If the house is in reasonably good condition, requests for repairs can make or break a deal. The agent will have a good sense of what’s reasonable to request and what’s excessive.
In many cases, it depends on you as the buyer, too. An agent can read the situation and suggest what would work for you. “Each buyer has a different tolerance for what they need to do,” says Elizabeth Mendenhall, the 2011 vice president of committees for the National Association of Realtors. “Some need [a house] to be in a better condition.”
7: Finding Available Homes
Though most homes for sale are widely available for buyers to assess on Web sites, in some cases, sellers don’t want the fact that they’re selling to be widely publicized. In those cases, only the real estate agents know the houses are for sale.
Sometimes health problems, financial problems or divorce factor into the need for privacy. Or sometimes, people don’t want the sale advertised during the holidays. Either way, working with a real estate agent gives you access to homes you might otherwise miss seeing.
6: Tackling the Paperwork
If you’ve ever bought a house, you’ve probably dedicated a full shelf somewhere to the documents that were involved in the transaction. These probably include the written offer, the written and signed counteroffer, the little details (like specific repairs) and what exactly was and was not included in the sale. The paperwork can be tiresome.
This is when a good real estate agent can save the day. Often, these offers and counteroffers are limited by a time frame. The agents are armed with fax machines that, in good economies, never stop churning out paper.
The odds of missing something, not initialing a margin or not checking a box, can drop substantially when you’re working with someone who knows the paperwork inside and out.
5: The “Purple Room” Phenomenon
Aside from the technical aspects of a sale and the mistakes people can make in the paperwork, real estate agents know neighborhoods and houses inside and out.
Mendenhall calls it the “purple room” phenomenon. If a buyer wants a house with a purple room, she says, the experienced real estate agent will know the house that’s for sale that has that room.
In a more general way, an agent will be aware of features that don’t show as well on the Internet. If a buyer is looking for a house with a space that could be used as an office, an attached mother-in-law unit or a room that’s perfect for showing off a prized grandfather clock, a human agent is more likely to find a match than a real estate Web site.
4: Unemotional Negotiation
As levelheaded as you think you are, when you’re fighting with a seller over adding a hose to the dishwasher because the water drains on the floor, it’s easy to lose your cool. Having an agent to write the requests objectively and forward them to the seller saves you the trouble of getting overly emotional about the deal.
Say the seller won’t budge on the dishwasher hose and you want to adjust your offer. The agent can handle that part calmly, too. Experts advise that you let the agent take the heat in difficult negotiations.
The best way to make a deal is to look for the positive part of every offer and counteroffer, and never let the other party see you make a sour face. Often, the most effective way to do that is to present the face that’s doing business — not your own.
3: Code Expertise
It’s important to know about your city’s codes when buying a home — your agent should be able to fill you in.
If you want to buy a charming little house near a business district and turn the front parlor into a candle store, you need to know if the city will allow it. Typically, an experienced real estate agent is familiar enough with local zoning ordinances to make sure you don’t buy the wrong house.
By the same token, if you want to build a fence in the backyard or add a bedroom, an agent should be able to make sure you’re buying a property where the city allows it. Also, some cities may require expensive upgrades on older properties when they sell. For example, if a house isn’t connected to the city’s sewer system, and a buyer will be required to spend tens of thousands of dollars to connect the property, the real estate agent will make sure that requirement is disclosed before the deal goes very far.
2: Thorough Record Keeping
Although real estate agents aren’t lawyers, they can serve as good resources years after a deal is closed. In some states, licensed agents are required to keep full files of all documents in all transactions for several years.
While you may (and should) keep files yourself, you can count on your agent to keep that information organized and safeguarded should trouble crop up with the property in years to come. You’ll also be able to contact your agent at any time in the coming years should you have questions about the property yourself.
1: Avoiding Closing Problems
When it comes to closing on your home, it’s nice to have someone there to ensure the process goes smoothly.
When a sale nears closing, all kind of pitfalls can kill the deal in the final hours. A real estate agent knows to watch for trouble before it’s too late.
For example, the title of the house may not be clear — some long-lost relative might be listed on the title who hasn’t signed off on the sale. Or maybe the lender is causing a problem by not meeting the timeline on financing.
Equinox Realty Group in Houston
Equinox Realty Group, is a Texas real estate firm, located at 1980 Post Oak Blvd Suite 100, Houston, TX 77056. Equinox Realty Group provides a wide-range of real estate services. Consumers continue to find value in having a real estate professional help them through the home buying and selling process.
The wide variety of services real estate professionals provide are proving ever more valuable in real estate transactions(financing twists and sales contract intricacies). Please view Equinox Realty Group current listings or sold listings. Recently serving clients in areas Garden Oaks, Northwest Houston, Waller.
Buyers and sellers give high marks to real estate agents for the expertise and professionalism they bring to the real estate transaction.
Equinox Realty Group
1980 Post Oak Blvd Suite 100,
Houston, TX 77056