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5 Reasons a Real Estate Agent is a Must When Buying a Home

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An Agent Local to Northeast Florida Can Make All the Difference

Real estate agents have been a hot topic in the news lately. And unless you work in the real estate industry yourself, it can get pretty confusing quickly. Here’s the thing you really need to know – regardless of the commission rate – expert advice from a trusted real estate agent is priceless, now more than ever.

A real estate agent does a lot more than you may realize.

Your agent is the person who will guide you through every step when buying a home and look out for your best interests along the way. They smooth out a complex process and take away the bulk of the stress of what’s likely your largest purchase ever. The home buying process can be especially complicated in a city like Jacksonville, Florida. Not only is Jacksonville the fifth fastest growing city in the U.S., it is already the biggest city by geographic area in the country. Add in the neighboring communities of St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra and you have a region where local knowledge is paramount – from finding the perfect neighborhood for your family to navigating local laws and more.

1. Deliver Industry Experience

The right agent – the professional – will coach you through everything from start to finish. Here at The Newcomer Group, we work with everyone from first time home buyers to investors. The majority of our clients don’t know where to start in the real estate process and they just jump head first into the deep end of the pool. That’s why we love to start with a phone call. Nothing more. We don’t try to sell you anything, we want to learn about your needs, your wants, and how we can put together an actionable plan to make your real estate dreams a reality

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2. Provide Expert Local Knowledge

In a world that’s all about analytics, a great real estate agent can clarify what the numbers mean and help you understand market trends in simple terms. We live and work in St. Augustine. We know how quickly homes are selling and the latest listings – often before they even hit the market – and can help you leverage that local knowledge to your advantage.

3. Explain Pricing and Market Value

Agents help you understand the latest pricing trends in your area. What’s a home valued at in your market? What should you think about when you’re making an offer? Is this a house that might have issues you can’t see on the surface?

If you’re a seller, we want to price your home competitively so it won’t languish on the market for months at a time. A local expert knows how to help you hit the mark.

A housing development in Florida

4. Review Contracts and Fine Print

This is it. This is the big one. In a fast-moving and heavily regulated process, agents help you make sense of necessary disclosures and documents. And – let’s be honest – how many times in your life have you actually read the fine print on “Terms & Conditions”? Well, when you work with a trusted real estate agent, you can rest easy knowing that we have.

5. Bring Negotiation Expertise

From offer to counteroffer and inspection to closing, there are a lot of stakeholders involved in a real estate transaction. You want to make sure you have an advocate who understands you. Remember that introductory phone call we mentioned earlier? Here’s where it really pays off. Whether you’re a first time buyer or a retiree looking to downsize, purchasing a home is a big deal. You deserve a partner who has your best interests in mind and will be with you every step of the way.

Welcome Home to St. Augustine

Whether you’ve just started thinking about life in St. Augustine, or if you’ve lived in the Ancient City your entire life, there is always something more to discover. Browse our up-to-date real estate listings or give us a call at (904) 599-5633.

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