Rumor has it that real estate agents will go the way of travel agents – be phased out as no longer necessary because 92% of all buyers who look at houses in Los Angeles now shop on line.
But of course it isn’t true. Home buying is far different than booking a flight or reserving a hotel room.
Accurate pricing. A computer can only make comparisons based on square footage and the general area. It doesn’t know all the other details that make a huge difference in the selling price of a home. For instance, it doesn’t know if the walls are a pleasant neutral or psychedelic pink, if the cabinets are custom made or of WalMart quality, or if there’s a cat’s litter box smelling up the whole house – and it doesn’t know that two identical homes across the street from each other may have different values because one falls into a more desirable school district.
Accurate listings. Since Zillow and Trulia allow homeowners to post their own listings, and since no one monitors those listings, you’re apt to find Houses in Los Angeles listed that have been sold long ago. That’s a feature that’s frustrating for you as a buyer – and for me as an agent when I try to locate homes after a buyer asks to see them.
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Negotiation. If the day comes when houses in Los Angeles are priced with a “take it or leave it” sticker, agents will be slightly less valuable. For now, negotiation is a big part of the process, and it involves a human touch. Does the computer know the seller’s motivation? Does it know whether the buyer is willing to walk away over an extra $1,000?
The real work of getting from agreement to closing. Matching a buyer and Homes in Los Angeles and coming to agreement on price and terms is the easy part of a real estate transaction.
The real work comes in managing all those tasks and challenges that occur between agreement and closing. No computer program on earth can take the place of an agent who knows how to explain those steps; how to give reassurance when the going gets tough; how to locate and gain cooperation from the right people when there’s a glitch in the title; how to coordinate people and events so everything gets done on time; how to smooth ruffled feathers when buyer and seller are at odds; and a dozen other things.
You have Zillow and Trulia – use them to get an idea about the houses for sale in Los Angeles. Then call me to get the facts and the assistance you need to successfully purchase or sell a home.