In today’s tech savvy world with sites like Google and Wikipedia giving people the answers they search for in seconds, many may wonder why they would even need to hire a South Lake Tahoe Realtor to help them with their buying and selling needs. With so many real estate shows just giving a glamorous glimpse of the process, there are a lot of consumers that think it is a cake walk. The reality is that it is more important than ever to hire a qualified South Lake Tahoe Realtor. With so many forms, documents, inspections and reports, there can be hundreds of steps in just one transaction. When listing or buying South Lake Tahoe homes for sale, having someone advocate for you and help your navigate from start to finish and beyond saves time, money (yes, money!) and a lot of stress. Here is why.
You get an understanding of what South Lake Tahoe homes for sale are worth in YOUR market. Real estate is making headlines daily, which can make it hard to understand what is accurate and applies to you, and what is not accurate and doesn’t apply to you. Just because prices are up an extraordinary amount in San Francisco and they are in a seller’s market, doesn’t mean they are here. In fact, just because prices are up in one neighborhood in the same town doesn’t meant they are up across the board. You need to work with someone who knows the current market, as well as how the local neighborhoods and areas differ. One neighborhood could be in a seller’s market while another one just 5 minutes down the road is in a buyer’s market. The importance of understanding this is that details like days on market, month supply and average sold price help you craft a strategic plan as a seller and a competitive offer as a buyer. As a seller you can price South Lake Tahoe homes for sale based on current market values and comparable solds. As a buyer, you understand what values are, where you can buy based on your budget and how fast you need to move. You can try and get this from Zillow or Trulia, but a majority of the time, their values are off from our local MLS, which only your Realtor has access too.
In addition to understanding the local market, you need someone who is savvy in negotiations. Having a skilled and knowledgeable negotiator working on your behalf can result in time saved, stressed saved, legal issues prevented and potentially thousands of dollars kept in your pocket. Anything can arise in a South Lake Tahoe real estate deal from lending being pulled last second to bad appraisals to a negative inspection reports. Someone who knows the ins and outs of South Lake Tahoe real estate will help you work through these. Hiring an inexperienced Realtor or going it alone altogether can result in big trouble.
For more information on buying and selling South Lake Tahoe real estate, feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to help!