Why Hire a Portland Real Estate Agent?

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Many people ask today, “With so much information online about how to sell my home, why should I use a real estate agent?” A lot of people believe they can put on a real estate agent hat and sell their own home without a lot of fuss or difficulty. I’m going to give you four quick reasons why you should hire a Portland real estate agent.

1. Education. Most of our education as real estate agents revolves around how to not get in legal trouble. There are countless legal pitfalls in real estate and agents have to study on average for six months to pass their license exam (mostly filled with legal questions). In addition to the education required to obtain the license, Portland Real Estate Agents must take an average of 30 hours of continuing education every other year to stay up with changing laws and practices.

2. Experience. A typical home owner will buy and sell a home less than 10 times in their lifetime. A Portland real estate agent may be involved in over 20 transactions a year. Personally, I’ve been licensed for 10 years coming up in 2013 and last year I was involved in over 40 transactions. It is easy to see how fast the numbers can add up. A good real estate agent will know what to expect and will have been there before. They can be your unequaled adviser.

3. Marketing. If you are trying to sell you home these days, online is king. Over 94% of buyers are looking for homes online. As a home owner you may find access to a few key websites. As a Portland real estate agent I’ve brokered deals with the top five real estate websites in the country and pay extra money to feature my homes online on the top real estate websites, achieving over 100,000 online views on average per listing. Simply put, the average home owner probably can’t compete with a good Portland real estate agent in terms of marketing. (Especially those of us who make it a priority.)

4. Negotiation. Most people have negotiation skills, they negotiate with their families, when they buy cars, at works perhaps, and other scenarios. However, Portland real estate agents are used to negotiating with banks, investors, first time home buyers, other real estate agents, trustees, title companies, and more. Frankly put, no one has done more pertinent negotiation skills in real estate than your local Portland real estate agent.

August 30, 2012
AUTHOR

Stephen FitzMaurice

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor is a top 5% real estate agent in the U.S. and a top 1% agent in the Portland Metro. Principal Broker in Oregon, Managing Broker in Washington he has been licensed since 2003 for residential real estate sales in the Portland Metro area. Call him direct: 503-714-1111.

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