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Buying a Home Without a Realtor

Making the decision to buy a home is a huge step, and one that will require you to embark on a long, sometimes stressful but highly rewarding journey. The stress aspect of this journey is as big reason why many people lean on a realtor for help to guide them. But is it possible to buy a home without a realtor? The answer is a bit more complicated than yes or no. You have to consider your needs, wants, and circumstances. But what are these? And how can you tell if you are ready to buy a home without a realtor, or if you should consider getting one to help you out? Keep reading this article to find out. 

The Best Time to Work with a Realtor

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It is always a good idea to work with a real estate agent. Real estate agents act as a third party representative who is there to advocate for you and negotiate on your behalf to get you the best deal possible. Your realtor will also help in setting up home viewings on your behalf, taking into account your preferences, wants, and needs. 

In addition to that, real estate agents are the ones who provide the best lenders, inspectors and other service providers that you need in case you decide on buying a house. A well-trusted agent also has access to in-depth data about neighborhoods, including a comparison of sales, neighborhood demographics, and the neighborhood’s history, among others. He or she should also know the latest happenings within the local market, and set realistic expectations for you based on this information. 

It is possible to lean on the real estate agent who was hired by the seller of the house you’re interested in, but keep in mind that this agent will always have the seller’s interests at heart, not yours. Because of this, it is always best to hire someone separately so you know that your interests are protected and that you have someone in your corner. 

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, it’s probably in your best interest to work with a professional real estate agent. You can do all the research you want, but until you actually experience the steps of the process as they play out, you won’t truly be prepared for the curveballs that the home buying process can throw at you. 

When Not to Work with a Realtor

Buying a new home does not necessarily require you to get a real estate agent. This is because you can complete a purchase even without one. You can still view homes and even go to open houses, you’ll just have to put in the extra work to research and set up the appointments yourself. In the digital age, you can easily access all of the information you need to buy a home online, so you can definitely search for houses without the help of an agent. If you have the guts and motivation to get things done, then perhaps you have what it takes to go it alone. This might be for you if you’ve been through the home buying process before, and have a good idea of what it entails and what obstacles you may have to overcome. 

Advantages and Disadvantages

Hiring a real estate agent has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are the pros and cons of both situations:

Advantages of Hiring a Real Estate Agent

  • They are seasoned in their line of work. These are professionals that have gone through rigorous training and preparation to get their license. Not only that, but over the years they’ve built up experience and even more knowledge, always learning and honing their craft. They have the knowledge and expertise when it comes to the process of selling and buying a property. If you are a first time buyer or seller, working with an agent can really help you out.
  • They can help you save tons of time and effort. The bottom line is, buying a house is much more involved and time-consuming than one might think. Once the initial excitement wears off, you can quickly start to become burnt out with the responsibility and time requirement that the process demands. Working with an agent can ease a lot of this stress, and you can have the confidence that your agent knows what’s best for you.
  • Working with real estate agents means you have someone who can do the searching and calling the sellers for you. If you miss anything, it will also be the agent’s job to follow up on it. Often times, having an agent behind you as a buyer will say to sellers that you are a qualified, serious buyers. Sometimes, being a prospective buyer without an agent can hurt you. You won’t be taken as seriously as someone with a real estate agent. When you have the endorsement of an agent, sellers will be more open to scheduling tours with you and more eagerly anticipate receiving any potential offers.
  • Agents act as the middle man in any transaction or negotiation you carry out with sellers. If you have concerns, questions, or confusion on anything, your agent will be available to address these for you and provide any information you need. The negotiation process can be difficult and anxiety-inducing for someone with no experience in the matter, so having an expert to work with you and stand by your side is invaluable.
  • Because of this, they can negotiate a better deal for you. One of the most important jobs a real estate agent has is bartering with the seller and their agent for a lower price on the house, but not too low so that the seller feels stiffed. They’ll know exactly what the sweet spot is, and how to argue for that price. So if you are new to this, you can take comfort in knowing that an agent will do the job for you, no matter how tricky or sticky the situation may seem. 

Disadvantages of Hiring a Real Estate Agent

Yes, there is no denying that working with a realtor makes the process so much easier but there are also a few disadvantages to it.

  • You can only work with an agent on their own time. Problems may arise while your agent is unavailable to help you. You must keep in mind that your agent will have other clients, and they must cater to those clients’ needs as well as yours. You’ll be sharing their time, so they can’t always be at your beck and call. 
  • They are not home appraisers or lawyers so they can’t evaluate your house. They can give you a suggestion on how much you can sell your house but their job is to either sell your property or find one for you. You might need an appraiser and lawyer in case of legalities as your agent cannot do both for you on this. 

To Hire or Not to Hire?

Generally, hiring a realtor can make your house purchase go much more smoothly than trying to tackle it alone. There’s a reason real estate agents are still in business. Oftentimes, taking on the overwhelming responsibility of buying or selling a home is a lot on top of everything else in a person’s life, especially when you’re going into it without any experience. It’s a breath of fresh air to be able to have an agent to contact when the process feels impossible, and if you find the right agent, the process will feel like a breeze. If you do decide to hire an agent, ensure that he or she is one you can trust to get the job done. Search local neighborhood groups and their website for reviews, and ask around among friends and family to see if they have anyone to refer you to. If you find a great agent who meshes well with your vision, it can really make the buying process feel effortless. However, if you choose an agent who doesn’t have your best interests in mind, you could end up worse off than you would have been if you didn’t hire one. 

On the other hand, NOT hiring a real estate agent is certainly a possibility, and could definitely work for you if you have either the experience, will to learn, or both. You get to work at your own pace and you can hand-pick the homes you view. Whatever your decision is, make sure that it is realistic for your lifestyle and circumstances. 

Ricki Irwin
Ricki Irwin
00:06 24 May 19
This was so easy Casey was very helpful and kept in contact through the entire process thank you again for everything. Highly recommend this company.
Lela Leedham
Lela Leedham
03:08 22 Feb 19
Great experience working with Casey and Ryan. We would recommend them anytime. They are very knowledgeable and very professional.
Emily Binder
Emily Binder
21:16 18 Feb 19
Jennifer Gibbs
Jennifer Gibbs
19:58 18 Feb 19
A very impressive operation. Very professional and knowledgeable. They follow up when they say they will. Very helpful Team. If you're looking for a fast and fair cash offer on your home, these are the guys to call!
Mario Elizondo
Mario Elizondo
19:58 18 Feb 19
Very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Danny O'Bannon
Danny O'Bannon
19:53 18 Feb 19
I called 5 different companies from google trying to find a company that would pay the most for my rental and their offer was higher than the others. Extremely streamlined process. Easiest transaction I’ve done
Ross Greene
Ross Greene
18:04 17 Feb 19
Ryan & Casey were great to work with! Absolute pro's in the business. I would definitely recommend them. If only I could give them more than 5 stars. Hope to work with them again soon! Thanks guys!
Pam Dickerson
Pam Dickerson
23:53 15 Feb 19
Excellent customer service! Helped us through the entire process. Highly recommend!
steve Balsacker
steve Balsacker
19:35 14 Feb 19
Me and my wife had gone through a divorce and we wanted a quick way to get rid of our property so we could just move on with our lives, Thankfully Ryan came in and helped us out, I didn't have the time to deal with the headache of people coming in and out as well as all the repairs that were needed. He gave me top dollar for my home and I was out in 7 days!
jason almeida
jason almeida
16:52 14 Feb 19
We have seen their signs around town and thought it was a scam, we decided to give them a call and I couldn't have been happier with our experience. They were professional and knowledgable, they paid for all closing costs and even helped with our family move. Great guys and great company! Thanks again!
Peter Floratos
Peter Floratos
04:51 14 Feb 19
This team handles their business right. They are a pleasure to work with.
Tyler Hubbs
Tyler Hubbs
04:38 14 Feb 19
Ryan and Casey treated me with patience and respect during the whole transaction! Very trustworthy and explained each and every question I had!! I would highly recommend We Buy Any Vegas House!!
Dennis Ripley
Dennis Ripley
03:55 14 Feb 19
Very professional and very knowledgeable from start to finish. They went above and beyond to help me find what I was looking for. I would definitely recommend them.
Avraham Metal
Avraham Metal
01:58 14 Feb 19
As a Real Estate Agent I have sold properties to Casey and his Team. They are men of their word and have never let me down.
Dena Shapiro
Dena Shapiro
01:29 14 Feb 19
What an AWESOME experience!! Casey and Ryan are THE BOMB!! They either answer their phone ALWAYS or respond within minutes. They originally called to see if I wanted to sell but I wasn't interested in selling. However, my neighbor had to sell immediately so I referred them to her, she accepted their offer & they closed escrow within weeks. It would've been A LOT sooner but there were delaying issues on the seller side. Anyways, they got it closed & EVERYONE is happy!! Thank you so much Casey & Ryan :). YOU'RE THE BEST!!!
Ron Lorenzo Woods
Ron Lorenzo Woods
00:51 14 Feb 19
Great team with quick and professional service!
karina giraldo
karina giraldo
00:36 14 Feb 19
Knowledgeable, fair, and professional. I loved working with Casey. I did my research before selecting a company, and I’m so happy I went with them!
Cody Raynoha
Cody Raynoha
00:27 14 Feb 19
Casey runs a great company that's honest, easy to deal with, and is always fair. I'd absolutely work with him again!
Whitney Carter
Whitney Carter
21:42 08 Feb 19
Grateful to have worked with such a great company! Long story, short they really did help me through a tough time. No need to get into details, but this company really knows what they are doing. Thank you for all of your help with my home. Highly HIGHLY recommend!
Alan Giblin
Alan Giblin
23:01 07 Feb 19
I was shocked when I heard that We Buy Any Vegas House could sell my house so fast without any fees or charges at all. Thanks again guys!
Crosbey Proffitt
Crosbey Proffitt
22:48 07 Feb 19
I started off using a realtor thinking that I would be able to sell my home fast, but that wasn’t the case. I ended up reaching out to different companies and I ended up finding We Buy Any Vegas House. They were on it the second I reached out to them and were able to sell my home fast!
Investors
Investors
18:59 07 Feb 19
I have been in Real Estate for many years, it’s so refreshing to meet such professional, kind people to work with. We Buy Any Vegas House has great employees who are responsive and get things done quick. You can tell they have a true passion for what they do. If you are looking to work with a great team and you want to sell your house quick, I highly recommend this group!
Scott Henry
Scott Henry
18:53 07 Feb 19
We Buy Any Vegas House truly is one of the most reliable companies I have worked with. You can really tell that Casey and Ryan really care about what they do and really want to make you feel comfortable in the process. Thank you for all your guys help!
Ashlyn Mazur
Ashlyn Mazur
21:26 02 Nov 18
Most professional real estate company I've ever worked with! Would for sure recommend them!
Ashley Thompson
Ashley Thompson
18:59 02 Nov 18
I called 3 different companies and Casey was the most responsive. His offer was higher than the other ones as well. I really liked that they were a local company and everyone who helped me in the process was great to work with!
Katrine Baker
Katrine Baker
18:39 02 Nov 18
My mom and I had to move out of our house pretty quickly due to her martial differences. They were honest and extremely professional during the process and we are forever grateful to have worked with such a great company! Highly recommend!
Gregory Mitchell
Gregory Mitchell
00:26 01 Nov 18
Unfortunately, I never thought I would see myself having to get rid of my home, especially in a fast time frame. However, life happens, and I needed to sell my home quickly due to a death in the family. I reached out to 4 companies in Las Vegas, and We Buy Any Vegas House not only was the most efficient, but the friendliest, most reasonable, and compassionate. The other 3 companies did not even compare. Casey and Ryan have gone above and beyond to make sure that this worked for me. They truly care about you, which means a lot especially during a tough time. They put in the effort to care about the client first, as well as my family during this tough time. I am so grateful to have found them, and to top it off, they bought my house and put cash in my pocket in 7 days. Would recommend to all! Use this company, you can't go wrong! Thanks to Casey, Ryan and John!
Samantha Bonneville
Samantha Bonneville
00:23 01 Nov 18
We buy any houses is one of the most honest companies I have worked with. They are always upfront with issues of the houses, honest with fees And closings. We have not had a bad experience after 10+ Transactions
Alyssa Trent
Alyssa Trent
23:08 31 Oct 18
I worked with them to help my Mom sell her house and they were so amazing!! They explained to us exactly how everything worked step by step. I called them on a Monday and they got us cash by Thursday. Casey is such a genuine person.
Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson
22:10 31 Oct 18
After a tenant trashed my rental property, I was faced with the decision of remodeling or selling the property in its current state. I called Casey and he walked me through the entire process, start to finish. After factoring in the amount of time and money the remodel would take, it was clear that selling to them was the best decision for me. Within a week of my first contact with Casey and his team, we closed on the property and I had cash in hand. I'll definitely be reaching out to them in the future. THANKS!!!
Corey Trent
Corey Trent
02:33 31 Oct 18
I reached out to Casey and Ryan when I needed to sell my house. They were very professional and helped me through this tough time. They were able to buy my house and close fast. What a great team they are! I would recommend them to anyone. Thanks again!
John Washington
John Washington
02:24 31 Oct 18
As a very skeptical person I always believe that my best interest is not priority when dealing with people that want my business. I cannot name the countless times that I have been burned. After looking to sell my house for a cash offer, I was called by a lot of investors, most of which had very little customer service. Several didn't return call when they said they would and then when they finally called me back, they got anger when I decided not to use their Services. From day one Ryan not only treated me like is #1 customer but also treated my whole family like long time friends. I most also state that his offer wasn't even the highest. I took the lower off with him due to the fact that he help with crucial tax situations that I needed taken care before receiving them money so it wouldn't bit me in the butt later. He answered every call before and after the process was completed. 99% of others wouldn't have even answered a text once they got the money. Could I have made a couple of thousand dollars more with someone else? Sure, but the peace of mind in knowing that it was done the right way by someone who actually was professional and care was more than worth it. Ryan has made a customer and friend for life.
Green Girl
Green Girl
00:00 31 Oct 18
I was in a really tough spot because my Husband was in the Hospital and had passed away. I was completely unready for this and had discovered that there would be considerable expenses!  I had received several letters from companies interested in the property on an "as is" basis.  Most had never got back to me after I called them or were too low of offers.  I put an inquiry in their website and was immediately contacted by the Owner who was able to come the very next day!  The entire process was easy and professional.  Thank you We Buy Any Vegas House!
Mike
Mike
23:37 30 Oct 18
Casey and Ryan were so helpful! I was was a week from being Foreclosed and they were able to get me cash in my account in 5 days! And even let me rent back until I was able to find a new home!
Karl Workman
Karl Workman
21:03 30 Oct 18
This company was not only the most professional real estate company i've dealt with, but they're the most reliable and respond quicker than most companies i've ever dealt with. They were fast, professional, and knowledgable in all aspects of our deal. Would and plan to recommend them to all of my friends and family! 10/10.
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