4 Reasons to Work with a Well-Connected Agent

4 Reasons to Work with a Well-Connected Agent

  • THE | AGENTS Real Estate Group
  • 03/21/22

Whether you plan to buy or sell Puyallup real estate, the smartest choice you will make during the process is to work with a licensed, well-connected real estate agent. Transactions for real estate are simply too complicated for you to try to handle everything by yourself. If you do, you’re likely to make critical mistakes that could cost you a lot of money and possibly get into situations you’ll have a hard time escaping.

The median price of Puyallup homes has been steadily rising since the onset of the pandemic. Although the median seems to have leveled off in the last few months, the average price is currently $527,000. If you are selling, you’ll want to get top dollar for your home, as close to the current average as possible — or above! Conversely, if you are buying, you will want to get the best deal possible.

Currently, the market for Puyallup real estate heavily favors sellers. This means fewer available homes are for sale than buyers who are eager to enjoy the Puget Sound lifestyle. Either way, you need an agent to represent your best interests.

To begin your search for an agent, ask for recommendations from friends, family members, or colleagues who have recently closed a deal. Research those agents by visiting their websites to view testimonials and sales stats. You should look for an agent who has several years of experience in the market, as well as one that exhibits trustworthiness and the ability to communicate clearly through complicated situations. Here are some reasons to work with a well-connected agent:

Knowledge matters

The best agents know the ins and outs of all the community neighborhoods that come from years of experience in buying and selling homes. As prices have been on the rise, this knowledge is fundamental. A well-connected agent lives in the area and knows the neighborhood like the back of their hand.

Well-connected agents also know the pricing trends and will assist sellers in setting a fair market value for their homes. They’ll zero in on a competitive price that is neither too high, which will cause the house to sit on the market longer than necessary, nor too low, which will cost you money. A talented agent will know how to craft an offer for buyers to get it accepted.

Marketing smarts

Part of being well-connected in the real estate business during the digital age is knowing how to market homes for sellers and how to keep in touch with the market to get a jump when representing a buyer.

One of the top advantages for buyers is that their well-connected agent often knows when homes are going on the market even before they hit the Multiple Listing Service or MLS. This comes from years of developing close relationships with other agents and even clients who have used the same agent for multiple transactions over the years.

If your agent learns of a home going on the market and fits your wish list, they can quickly schedule a showing. If you love the property, you can get a head start in submitting an offer. Your agent can even ask the seller’s agent what precisely it will take for your offer to be accepted.

A well-connected agent can tailor a multi-pronged marketing strategy for people listing homes for sale in Puyallup. Talented agents will use social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to spread the word about open houses and the availability of private showings.

Your agent will also help put together a sharp-looking online listing that will present your home in the best possible light. For instance, your agent will recommend that you hire a professional photographer to shoot every room from several angles so online shoppers can get a true sense of the home’s size, floor plan, and amenities. Many people begin their homebuying adventure online, and the better the listing, the better the chance for success.

Negotiating skills

A well-connected agent will shine during the process of submitting and receiving offers for Puyallup real estate, as well as when negotiating a final deal. Well-connected agents use a Comparative Market Analysis, or CMA, when helping clients obtain the best deal, whether they are buyers or sellers.

By comparing similar properties, or “comps,” that have recently sold, a seller’s agent will be able to arrive at a competitive listing price to attract multiple offers. An agent representing a buyer will also use comps to determine whether a home is overpriced or undervalued quickly.  That knowledge will help your agent submit a competitive offer that stands a good chance of being accepted.

If you are buying a home, your agent will be willing to contact a seller’s agent to determine the motivation for listing the home. For instance, the owner might need to make a quick sale to move for a new job or other financial considerations. Well-connected agents have dealt professionally with other agents in the area for years and are comfortable exchanging information. They are also experienced at negotiating and know what it will take to arrive at a deal.

Trusted advice

A well-connected agent will always have expert advice to share with their clients. For instance, in a seller’s market, a well-connected agent will know whether buyers can submit offers with contingencies or if they need to submit “clean” offers with few or no contingencies to get them accepted. Likewise, a seller’s agent will have plenty of advice on preparing a home for sale, such as decluttering, cleaning, and staging the interior.

If you plan to buy or sell real estate in Puyallup in 2022, let The Agents Real Estate Group guide you through the process. With expert knowledge and decades of combined experience, these agents will help you buy or sell properties in Washington with ease — contact them today to get started!

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