Short answer: yes. Whether you are looking to buy a home, or sell your current house, Realtors will make the process so, so much easier for you. Some people think they don’t need to hire one, either because it isn’t mandatory, or they think they can handle everything themselves, or because they simply don’t want to pay them. However, this could not be farther from the truth. In fact, most agents will be able to save you money (usually more than their commission fee) with their negotiation power and experience. They will speed the process up and save you lots of major headaches, and steer you away from potentially deadly financial mistakes. Still not sold? Check out this post by Lisa Ross at the Tour Wizard blog for why you should hire a Realtor:
-Real estate agents can help you sort through the most complicated issues and through things that are completely unfamiliar to you.
-As any other industry, real estate has its own secrets, procedures and stages. Not being aware of this may get you into serious trouble or even loss of valuable time or money.
-Paperwork will be flying around during the transaction. Can you keep up? It will be very helpful for you to have someone familiar with this; for experienced agents this is just second nature!