As a homebuyer, you may wonder why you should work with a REALTOR®. But, considering that a real estate purchase is one of the biggest financial decisions you'll make, it's important to have a knowledgeable professional on your side.
First, what is a Realtor, and how are they different from other real estate agents? A Realtor is a real estate professional who has agreed to abide by a strict code of shared ethics. This is important considering that your real estate agent guides you through a significant financial transaction, handling your private information and representing your best interests. Not all real estate agents are Realtors, but all Edina Realty agents are Realtors.
From the business perspective of home buying, a Realtor has training in sales negotiation, giving you an edge when negotiating the terms of a sale with a seller. They know what forms need to be signed, how much earnest money you'll need to submit with your offer, and they will ensure that you meet all legal obligations as you go through a real estate transaction.
From the lifestyle perspective of home buying, Realtors often specialize in specific cities or neighborhoods, so they can provide insight about the location in which you're thinking of buying a home. A Realtor is also trained to help you find a home that meets your specific requirements – whether it's a single-family home located in a top-ranked school district or an urban condo. Experienced Realtors have been looking at homes for many years, and can point out potential pros and cons about a property as it relates to your needs that you might not notice.
Working with an Edina Realty agent has additional benefits. As part of the largest real estate company in Minnesota and western Wisconsin with more than 2,100 Realtors, Edina Realty agents have an exclusive network from which to find homes that meet your requirements. From company-only access to pre-listed homes for sale to agent-only home tours of new Edina Realty listings, Edina Realty agents quickly match home buyers and sellers.