Your real estate agent has one goal: to help you find a home, even if it means they have to go above and beyond to do so. You can ask your real estate agent to do many things to help your home sell or to help you find a home so you get the most value for your investment.
After all, the average real estate agent gets up to 6% of the home's selling price, which can net them a great amount of money, so it's wise of you to make sure you keep your real estate agent working hard for you. Whether you are buying a home, selling a home, or using your real estate agent for both, here are things you can ask your agent to do for you.
Stage a home
Do you have a home for sale that isn't moving on the market? Your real estate agent can have the property staged with borrowed furnishings and decor to help the property sell faster. Ask your real estate agent to locate an interior designer to stage the home for you, either at your expense or as a cost that can come out of the home's selling profit once it sells.
Locate an inspector
Have you found a home on the market you're interested in and you're ready to make an offer? Your real estate agent can locate a home inspector for you and help get the ball moving as far as inspections go. On this same thread, you can ask your real estate agent to work with the homeowners or their agents to make changes to the home if inspections come up with flaws that may need repairs before you make a purchase.
Your real estate agent likely has ties to a home appraisal agent, contractors, and other home professionals as well. Working in a community selling homes gives your agent privy to many professionals who can be beneficial in helping you buy or sell your home.
Find you an out-of-area agent
Are you selling your home in one area but you'll be going to another county or state to buy a new home? Many real estate agents only work in certain regions or counties, so they cannot work outside of their areas. This does not mean they won't work hard to find you a new agent who can help you finalize your journey in buying or selling your home, so ask your real estate agent for a referral to a new agent who can take up where your current agent is leaving off.