Do I need a Realtor to buy or sell property?

There is no law that says you need a Realtor to sell your property in California.  That being said, real estate is a complex transaction involving the sale of what is very likely one of the most valuable assets you own.   The legal requirements involved in buying and selling property in California have become increasingly complex in the past several years.  An active licensed Realtor is trained in these areas.

The top 5 reasons to hire a licensed professional Realtor:

1. Education & Experience:  You don’t need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a professional who does.

2. Realtors are Buffers:  Realtors do the screening for your showings and visits.  If you are selling, they will make sure and keep the “lookers” at bay and encourage the serious buyers to make an offer.

3. Price Guidance:  A Realtor will help guide clients on the selecting prices for sellers and buyers.  They are experts in the local market.  Based on market supply, demand and the conditions, the Realtor will devise a negotiation strategy.

4. Negotiation Skills & Confidentiality: Top producing Realtors negotiate well because, unlike most buyers and sellers, they can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction and because they are skilled.

5. Handling Volumes of Paperwork:  Purchase agreements run 10+ pages.  That does not include the federal, state and local disclosures.  Most real estate files average thicknesses from one to three inches of paper. One tiny mistake or omission could land you in court or cost you thousands.

I’m ready to buy a home. What are the important things to know before buying?

Buying a home can be stressful.  The staff of the Boston Globe assembled a list of things to keep in mind as you enter the home buying process.

1.  Get your financing in order.  The seller wants to know if they accept the offer, the deal will go through.  Most experts recommend having a pre-approval within the past 30 days.

2.  Understand your time horizon.  If you are buying for the short term you might consider whether the property is a good investment and specifically will it be attractive to the next buyer.

3.  Know the overall market conditions.  Investigate the comparable property sales for the past six months.  Your agent should be able to provide you with this information.

4.  Search and buy within your means.  Don’t buy if you can barely make payments each month.

5.  If you are waiting for prices to go lower, think again.  As evidenced over the last few years, real estate can be unpredictable.  However, most experts agree that after looking at the numbers, it may not continue to go down.

6.  Don’t get sucked in by appearances.  Buyers should keep in mind that sellers are staging their homes to look the best possible.  Pay attention beyond the decorations.

For the complete list from the Boston Globe, visit

Sonja Bush

Broker Associate – DRE #01904399


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