5 Reasons You Should Hire a Realtor Before Buying

Buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks for the first time will be one of the biggest decisions you'll make in your lifetime. While buying a home can be time-consuming and stressful if you don't understand the ins and outs of closing a real estate transaction, it doesn't have to be. Recruiting an experienced real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks can really make a difference in whether or not the closing process goes smoothly. Buyer's agents are knowledgeable and experienced in handling all aspects of closing on a transaction for their client. When you consider whether hiring a buyer's agent is right for you, eXp Realty wants you to consider the many things that they can do for you:

1. Considering All Variables
There are a lot of things to consider when you're buying a house. Will the property meet your family's needs? Will you be able to tolerate your new commute to work? Is there a busy street just on the other side of those trees that's likely to be noisy? If/when it comes time to sell, will you be able to? These are just a few of the questions all homebuyers need to ask themselves. Your agent will be able to help you critically evaluate all of the surrounding circumstances so you can make an educated decision.

2. Discovering Your Dream Home
Choosing the home you want to buy is perhaps the most exciting part of real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks. There's nothing like walking into your dream home and knowing it's "the one." Of course, walking through every home on the market to try to find that one might not as much fun. Your buyer's agent will take your wish list and use it to sort through all of the available listings to find the homes that are most likely to interest you.

3. Submitting An Offer
How do you know how much money to offer? Should you match the asking price? Can you get away with offering less? Or do you need to offer even more? This is a tricky question to answer, because it will depend entirely on the various circumstances surrounding the purchase, such as the condition of the market and if there are other buyers interested in the property. Your agent will be able to help you evaluate which strategy is best for your unique situation.

4. Navigating Negotiations
Submitting an offer is only the very first step of the process. When they receive your offer, the sellers will have to decide whether to accept your offer, deny it, or submit a counter-offer. After that, you get to make that same decision - accept, deny, or counter. You will be negotiating on much more than just the cost of the home; you will also have to agree on any pieces of furniture to be included in the sale, any repairs that need to be made before the home is complete, the closing date, etc. Throughout this entire process, your agent will be there to serve as your advocate.

5. Protecting Your Best Interests
When you're buying a first house at the Lake of the Ozarks, you have a lot on the line. Between your new mortgage and all of the pending responsibilities of homeownership, the decision to buy can be a bit overwhelming. Your agent will be there through every step of the process, from the initial home search to closing, to help you in any way you need. Even if it's something as simple as supervising the home inspector while he is at the property, your agent will be there for you every step of the way.

So now that you know the many ways that hiring a buyer's agent at the Lake of the Ozarks can benefit your first real estate transaction, it's time to start looking for a qualified agent that you feel comfortable working with. Thankfully, you won't have to look very far. Whether you're buying a first home at Lake of the Ozarks, your dream vacation property on the water, or an investment property, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality Buyer services. Contact eXp Realty TODAY to get started!

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Missouri Association of Realtors

752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Office | 573.365.1555
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