Buying and selling property is exciting, but it can also be a stressful. A good real estate agent can take away much of the stress and help the experience be financially rewarding as well as stress free.
The benefits of using a realtor are that they really know the property market. Real estate is their living which means they must be on top of their game, aware of new developments in the property market, and recent sales trends. This places them in a great position to provide guidance on the true value of your property as well as advice about any pitfalls there may be.
It's important to note that realtors make money only when a sale is closed, and this means that they generally provide excellent customer service, including keeping flexible hours to suit the needs of clients.
Shop around for a realtor, ask questions and make sure you are really comfortable with the person you entrust with your real estate transactions. There are many realtors and with a little bit of careful research you'll soon find someone to meet your needs.
Choosing the right realtor is a challenge and we've provided this handy list of open questions to help you get your realtor chatting which will help you decide who the best fit for your needs.
No, you can rent it out yourself. However, a real estate agent is a professional with experience that can make the rental experience stress free as a good agent will advertise, do background checks and arrange the lease for you.
A long term rental apartment can be a good investment as once the tenant and lease are in place there is very little work involved, especially if you use a real estate agency to manage the rental.
If you are renting it is prudent to take out rental insurance as this will protect your belongings and provide peace of mind. Some landlords may also require you to take out this kind of insurance.
A landlord can only enter the property without notice for emergency repairs. Your lease will contain the terms of notice they need to provide. This is normally either 24 or 48 hours.