If you’re interested in relocating to Los Gatos, or a nearby region of the Bay area, you’re probably getting very excited. A quick look at any of the MLS Listings sites available online shows that there are new houses and old houses for sale, along with simple houses and luxury houses, and even a few condos and townhouses for sale!

You may be so excited that you’ve already made a list of houses for sale you want to visit and open houses you want to attend, but wait! Unless you’ve already enlisted the services of a local, residential real estate expert, you’re putting the cart before the horse.

Why Do You Need An Agent When Shopping Houses For Sale?

It’s easy to assume that all a real estate agent does is send you emails of potential houses for sale, but in fact the most valuable service of a trained local agent comes after you’ve narrowed it down to one or two promising properties.

You need a real estate agent before shopping potential homes because:

  • They’re Trained Experts – How many years have you spent studying the Los Gatos real estate market? Researching market value fluctuations and the ROI of certain home renovations? Chances are you probably started shopping for homes just a few days ago, which means you’re not even close to being an expert on this subject matter. Real estate agents, on the other hand, have years of training in evaluating houses for sale in this particular market.
  • They Have The Inside Scoop – Did you know that real estate agents can often alert you to houses for sale in Los Gatos before they’re actually placed on the MLS Listings? That’s right. Real estate agents have connections to other agents and agencies. They can often learn about listings that fit your criteria before they’re published to the public, giving you a distinct advantage in a competitive market.
  • They Know How To Negotiate – Finding houses for sale is only the first part of the home buying process. Once you’ve found one that you really want, it’s time to go about getting the seller to agree to your terms. Negotiating real estate for sale can be a tricky business; push too hard and the seller is likely to reject you for another offer, fail to push hard enough and you may end up paying too much for the property.

    You can expect lots of competition, cutthroat tactics, all-cash offers, and bidding wars,” explains Realtor.com. “Don’t you want a savvy and professional negotiator on your side to seal the best deal for you?” Call Brandi Tate Real Estate before you start shopping!

  • They’re Well Connected – It takes a village to find the perfect home for sale. (If that’s not already a saying, we’re officially claiming it!) Only in the most ideal of circumstances does buying or selling real estate only involve a buyer, a seller, and their respective agents. Often it also involves mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home stagers, interior designers, and many other professionals. Your real estate agent already has relationships with these professionals, and can make a recommendation for someone who will help you…and fast!
  • They’ll Tell You The Truth – It’s important to note that this doesn’t apply to ALL real estate agents. Only the good ones, like Brandi Tate. “If you are working with a licensed real estate agent under an agency agreement, (i.e., a conventional, full-service commission agreement in which the agent agrees to represent you), your agent will be bound by common law (in most states) to a fiduciary relationship. In other words, the agent is bound by license law to act in their client’s’ best interest (not his or her own),” explains Forbes.

Brandi Tate Knows How To Connect People To The Perfect Houses For Sale

We hope this post has helped you to see why shopping for homes for sale without a licensed, experienced agent can set you up for disaster. Brandi Tate treats each and every client like a VIP; this means we take the time to listen to what you want, and help you find a lender if you need one. Plus, we work to protect your interests through every step of the process. We want you to be happy in your new home, whether it’s in Los Gatos or some other region of the Bay Area.