Make no mistake: we have entered the Information Age.
These days, most people draw the bulk (if not the sum) of their knowledge from a computer, tablet, or Smartphones screen. Thanks to the Internet, anyone can find out anything about everything by typing a basic question into a search engine and hitting return.
It’s a very empowering feeling and, without question, the situation presents many benefits and opportunities. But there’s a downside to the Information Age, too.
The Internet tends to make everybody feel like they’re an expert on whatever they search for. Sadly, this has become increasingly true in the real estate sector.
Prospective Denver Colorado buyers will hop on the Internet to check out available properties in their area. After some clicks and a few keystrokes, they end up thinking they have a complete picture of the local market, when nothing could be further from the truth.
The Internet’s narrow vision dovetails with a common misconception most people have about real estate agents. They think that a real estate agent’s sole function is to pick out a bunch of houses or apartments to show you. In reality, this is the tip of the iceberg.
Good real estate agents know how to listen. They internalize your every specification for the property you desire to purchase and match it against their honed knowledge of the locality they specialize in while factoring in such nuances as shifting neighborhood demographics, market trends, and investment outlooks for your projected term of ownership.
A good Denver Colorado real estate broker knows that price isn’t everything. Is the house you’re looking at situated on a busy street? Do the buyers have small children who might want to play in the front yard, and therefore subject themselves to traffic? Did the prospective buyer mention that he works late and likes to sleep as soon as he gets home? Will he be able to do this while car and truck lights rake his windows at all hours and the sounds of engines filter into his bedroom?
Subtle conditions like these are part of a property’s overall value. And value is relative. A property that matches one buyer’s specifications might not, in reality, make the best fit for their personality or lifestyle. They also potentially affect the home’s resale value.
A good, qualified real estate agent is therefore a valuable member of the buyer’s larger team of trusted financial planning professionals. Or they are if you use a real estate agent. If you don’t, remember the old Latin phrase: Caveat Emptor. “Let the Buyer Beware.”
Put differently, “You get what you pay for.” That is: if you skip investing in a qualified real estate agent, you’re only shorting yourself in the end.
My name is Mike Dovel. For more than thirty years, I’ve been helping buyers and sellers of Colorado real estate find their ultimate satisfaction. I’m an expert on relocating families to the Denver area as well as other Colorado communities. I know how to ask the right questions at the right times to help you find the home of your dreams.
If you would like to buy or sell Colorado real estate and you’re looking for the best professional to help you do it, look no further. Contact my office today. It would be my pleasure to meet you and get to know your needs.