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Should you Buy a Home Without an Agent?

by Neil Castellane 09/08/2019

You may be thinking to yourself that rather than hiring an agent, you could use that commission money for something else. In most cases, buyers' real estate agents will ask for five to eight percent of the property's purchase price, which is certainly not cheap.

After all, can’t you just post your ideal house on a Facebook forum or a couple of Whatsapp groups and find a suitable seller? If you have been through the arduous process of buying a home a few times, you may feel you've learned the ropes and know how to cut a good deal on your own. 

However, on the flip side, how would you know that the house you’re being offered is the best available deal? Unless you’re in the real estate business, it would be difficult to tell. Especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. Here are a few more salient points to think through:

The right price

It would be difficult to accurately tell the going price for the kind of house you’re looking for if you don’t have a finger on the real estate market’s pulse. Real estate agents are in the market on a daily basis and have a wealth of information on current pricing as well as pricing trends. This knowledge will help them find you a listing within your budget. Better still, they will be able to negotiate with the seller and save you a few extra bucks. This ability is because they have a fiduciary responsibility to work in your best interests. 

Disclosure

An experienced local real estate agent will help you get value for your money by exposing any hidden defects in the house. Your untrained eye may overlook some shortcomings in the state of a residence, clouded as it may be by the excitement of owning a new home. Your realtor will also make sure you get all the documents that you should have to prove your ownership of the property.

When you do decide to hire an agent, don't dial up the one on the property listing as they are representing the seller, and are not bound to work in your best interest. Getting an exclusive buyer's agent will ensure that you get better value.

About the Author
Author

Neil Castellane

About Neil

I have been selling Real Estate in the Lowcountry for over 21 years. With sales of over $100 Million and hundreds of transactions under my belt, I have the knowledge, experience and proven track record to help you find a new home or sell your property. I am a member and former board member of the Hilton Head Area Association Realtors. I am also a member of community service based organizations including VanLandingham Rotary and have spent multiple years on the board, and am a founding member of the the local Civitan organization.  

About Larry

I have been working with buyers and sellers on Hilton Head for 30 years. I know the Island and the Lowcountry area and have been tuned into the dynamics and changes that have taken place here over these many years. I have specialized in new construction and ocean oriented property in the Lowcountry. However, I have represented clients in over a quarter of a billion dollars in sales all over Hilton Head Island and Bluffton and in all types of property.  I am a member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and a lifetime member of the Distinguished Sales Award.  My wife, Dawn, and I have 3 children - Jonathan, Stephen, and Abigail.  All of us enjoy being involved in the community, primarily through sports, school, and church. I came down here to sell real estate and have never looked back.  I can’t imagine a better place to live and raise a family.  I can help you with villas, golf-oriented properties, plantation homes, oceanfront or rental opportunities.  Call me today for any and all of your real estate needs in the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Lowcountry area or e-mail me at [email protected].

My Promise to you

Contact me today and get the representation you need to find property on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Low Country. Get the facts: Rental quotes, costs and hidden fees, past sales, floor plans, current MLS and FSBO listings, even properties that are not currently listed for sale yet. I have the knowledge and experience to give you ONLY the BEST service and all at NO COST TO YOU!!! My record speaks for itself and my clients will tell you, ALL OF THEM!!! Desire...that sums up my persona in one word. The desire to accomplish goals in the work place, in the community, and in my personal life. Since moving to Hilton Head Island and working with the Charter One Realty, that concept is stronger than ever. A resident for over 21 Years, I have already established a foot hold in the community.