Using a real estate agent when buying or selling a house
We're a nation of do-it-yourselfers, and with the power of the internet we often believe we can do just about anything.
Sometimes however, jobs are best left to the professionals.
In this case, using a real estate agent when buying or selling a house can be a huge benefit to you.
Their local knowledge of the area and the approximate value of homes is invaluable, as it can help you to negotiate a fair deal for the residential property in question.
They will be able to advise you on ways to increase the value of your home for minimum investment and work if you're looking to sell.
For both sellers and buyers however, they will be able to deal with the negotiations on your behalf. If you're trying to negotiate this yourself, you may find yourself out of your depth, but an agent is practised in this area and won't be afraid to clearly state what you want.
Also, if you are selling your home yourself, a buyer might expect lower sale price since there will be no agent fees - so you might not make any extra out of the deal.