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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. 

jesse phalin
jesse phalin
01:29 18 May 21
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Went above and beyond assisting me through this process. Helped me move my things and even let me leave what I wasn’t taking with me. Thanks for all of the hard work.
Kelly Stewart
Kelly Stewart
21:27 08 May 21
My husband handled the process but felt good dealing with this local company and they did not try to change price after seeing the house. They actually offered higher once they saw our home. Had 5 companies come our to give us bids and they all were bait and switch. They beat everyone’s offers too. We tried to list before and couldn’t sell. I don’t know why anyone would work with head aches of real estate agents and paying commissions, banks, inspectors and the time to close only to walk away with the same money. Thank you Ryan and Jamie.
degan Stewart
degan Stewart
21:23 08 May 21
Thank you guys so much. Jamie is so sweet and on it. Ryan Is one of the most genuine people I’ve met in Vegas. They did what they said they’d do when they said they would and kept us in the loop the whole time
Brian Higgins
Brian Higgins
22:00 04 May 21
Thank you guys so much for everything. Ryan and Jamie Helped me find a place to get out of our old place. It was so nice to have the moving company just handle everything for me.
Sheila Winn
Sheila Winn
19:05 09 Apr 21
I struggled with the idea of selling my house to a "flipper". This company was fair, professional and extremely helpful every step of the way. I never had to wait for a response from Kelly Schnippel when I had a question or concern.I personally would recommend them to anyone looking to get a fair price for their property all the while getting kindness, professionalism and assistance from the buyer.Thank you Kelly Schnippel! I appreciate YOU and your team!Sheila Winn
Valerie Grijalva
Valerie Grijalva
17:30 27 Feb 21
Casey and his team will handle your transaction with the upmost professionalism and class like no other. Their knowledge in real estate will exceed your expectations and you won't be disappointed from beginning to end with their communication and systems to ensure your goals are met. I highly recommend Casey and his team!
Ann Reback
Ann Reback
18:51 25 Feb 21
Thank you for your professional and personal help in this process. You and your team have been so knowledgeable, responsive, courteous and kind...understanding my goals and executing each step in a timely and professional manner! THANK YOU! I will recommend you and your team to friends and others in our community.
Aviv Ben Shimon
Aviv Ben Shimon
16:38 25 Feb 21
Jess Lapensee
Jess Lapensee
16:31 25 Feb 21
From start to finish the selling process was quick and easy!
Eyal Karban
Eyal Karban
16:22 25 Feb 21
The best team in the business!Really helped us to cash out our home, very fast, very professional, great price, thank you!
jevim kale
jevim kale
04:17 27 Jan 21
Best experience with We Buy Any Vegas House. Extremely knowledgeable about home selling process and marketing. Wonderful people to work with. Highly recommend if you are looking to sell your home in Las Vegas NV.
Kate 7Timmons7
Kate 7Timmons7
01:02 26 Nov 20
We were looking to sell our home and called We Buy Any Vegas House so we could get more information. We spoke to Casey Ryan. Ryan was informative, answered our questions, and he went out of his way to give us the best advice on selling our home. Kelly was also helpful and was quick to answer any questions we had.We recommend calling We Buy Any Vegas House to anyone interested in selling their home.
Towik Jes
Towik Jes
05:36 16 Nov 20
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Alexa Pughlet
Alexa Pughlet
04:15 17 Sep 20
We Buy Any Vegas House is a very good company to work with, they were very professional and knowledgeable about their business. They made it very easy to work with them. If i ever had to sell my house again I would definitely call them first. Thank you guys for helping me out in my time need.
Pauletta Smith
Pauletta Smith
21:08 02 Sep 20
I contacted them on 8/06/2020 and had my check in my hand on 9/01/2020! They were fast, professional, and gave me a very fair offer for my property. I had to get out of my house pretty quick because of a medical problem and I was able to do most of the paperwork on line. The title company they worked with was great. Very fast and very thorough. No snags. Easy transaction! Signed all the papers and had my money 5 days later. I would recommend them to anybody. Plus...packed and took what I needed and left the rest. No cleaning or trying to find someone to take what I didnt want. Awesome! Thank you.
James Aimery
James Aimery
05:11 08 Aug 20
We Buy Any Vegas House was a great business team. Staff were helpful, friendly and responsive. I was able to sell my house within 2 months in an area where real estate agents are struggling with many properties on the market for much longer periods. I would recommend them to anyone thinking of selling.
Wayne Romerobel
Wayne Romerobel
03:57 30 Jun 20
These guys are the best place to sell your house in Las Vegas. They gave me a fair price and closed quick for maximum convenience. These people are professional, efficient, and extremely friendly.
Lynne M
Lynne M
04:52 24 Jun 20
I have nothing but positive things to say about this company! I needed to sell a house quickly after a death in my family. I spoke with several Cash for Houses Companies in Las Vegas and settled on We Buy Any Vegas House. Everyone was very sensitive about my situation, helpful, answered all my questions and extremely responsive when I called. Ryan and Kelly were awesome!After we settled on a price everything went super smoothly in escrow and again if I had any concerns or questions there was immediate feedback. Also the fact that I was able to do this remotely as I live in California was extremely helpful! I am so grateful for all the help I received during a very challenging time in my life.
Frank Lyod
Frank Lyod
04:21 12 Jun 20
Great team! Glad we chose We Buy Any Vegas House team who understood the market of real estate in our city. They gave us a fair cash offer for our home. We accepted and closed very quickly. We are happy with the outcome and the way we were treated from start to finish.
Sharla Olivaresretento
Sharla Olivaresretento
04:20 28 May 20
Had a really great experience working with We Buy Any Vegas House.com! I really needed to sell my house in Las Vegas and they helped out. Thank you so much!!
Tom Cruz
Tom Cruz
04:11 12 May 20
If/when I do decide to list my home, We Buy Any Vegas House will be the first place I call. They are professional, helpful, and friendly. They provided a lot of helpful information during the course of our business.
Robinson Hunk
Robinson Hunk
04:31 25 Apr 20
We Buy Any Vegas House buyers is a great blessing to my family. Our house was actually sold very fast, in just 7 days processed. Thank you so much!
Florinda Shuff
Florinda Shuff
04:42 08 Apr 20
Las Vegas home buyers has been great to work with. They’re very knowledgeable in real estate and always do what they say. I highly recommend We Buy Any Vegas House.
Florinda Shuff
Florinda Shuff
04:53 21 Jan 20
I got an amazing job offer down in Las Vegas and needed to sell my house fast. First, they explained everything to me and how it all works (selling your house for cash). The process was pretty easy and quick which I appreciated greatly!!
Freddy Aleman
Freddy Aleman
18:47 27 Dec 19
My wife and I recently bought a home from Casey Ryan. The home we purchased is located in Centennial Hills. Gorgeous remodel. Casey and his team did a great job of designing the home. We ran into a couple of issues shortly after moving in. Casey had his people out quickly during Christmas week to make a couple of repairs. He gave my wife and I peace of mind during a chaotic holiday week and for that we will always appreciate him. I would recommend a Casey Ryan home to my friends and relatives.
Angela Rienstra
Angela Rienstra
21:06 26 Dec 19
I needed to sell my house from out of state ASAP. I looked into some other larger name companies and was disappointed with their turn-around time and lack of customer service. I'm so grateful to have found Ryan (and Kelly)! They understood my time crunch and moved heaven and earth to buy my house at a fair price and closed by the promised date. They were with me every step of the way and offered world class service! 100% would recommend to anyone!
Sue Kuckelmann
Sue Kuckelmann
17:02 16 Nov 19
We couldn’t be more pleased with the service provided. From start to finish the team was professional and extremely helpful. All the deadlines were met or exceeded even when I was in Arizona and my husband was in Las Vegas. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking to sell in Las Vegas.
Sam Thompson
Sam Thompson
17:47 25 Oct 19
Great people and very professional. Treated me and my situation fairly and with care.
Mandy Majano
Mandy Majano
01:49 07 Oct 19
They did exactly what they said they would. Great company! Highly suggest!
Anthony Montonini
Anthony Montonini
01:31 07 Oct 19
Thank you guys. We were selling our house to Casey And Ryan and there was some HOA liens that totaled over $40k and they met with the HOA board with me and got them reduced to less than $5k so I walked away with $35k more than I thought I was going to. True professionals!
Nicole Dur
Nicole Dur
01:20 07 Oct 19
My grandma needed help selling after my grandpa passed :( anyways I found them through google and they really treated her like their own family. And let us leave a lot of the stuff she had accumulated over 40 years in the house. Thank you Casey and Ryan!!
pat rolman
pat rolman
01:13 07 Oct 19
These guys have true character. We signed agreement to buy my house then my situation changed and they didn’t force me to move forward. Then 2 months later I needed to sell it and they helped me find a new place any everything. They are really Great people.
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That_one_random_ Crafter
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!!
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 R
Cody R
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!
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