In Houston's real estate market there's a lot of houses that come and go.

In 2017 alone, there were over 100,000 homes sold.

For many of these transactions, there's not only a seller, but there's a buyer who sometimes also has a home that they're selling.

Because our city has such a large population, that means there are a lot of real estate related transactions occurring, even hundreds per day.

If you're looking to buy or sell a house, there are things you need to be aware of because there are that many others trying to do the same thing.

Understanding how the process works can save you a lot of time and headache and get you going to where you want to be much more quickly.

Getting an agent on your team can save you dozens of hours

Do you want to spend weeks researching areas and searching for homes that might match your criteria?

I sure wouldn't.

That's why so many people looking to buy a home depend on a real estate agent.

Agents have a stronger grasp on what the market's doing and what each suburb or neighborhood has to offer.

That means if you can give the agent your search criteria, they can more easily narrow down your selections (and they also have access to the MLS which makes the process even better).

At that point you may narrow down millions of homes into maybe a hundred.

From there you start to look at the sample sets and identify what types of homes don't quite fit your style and then help the agent focus down to what really matters.

Additionally, sometimes there are areas that you think may be a good fit but then you find out that those neighborhoods don't offer what you want.

Your job is simply to identify what would be your ideal home and the agent will be the scout that searches for the prospects.

That's their job.

Houston is a huge place. The housing market is their specialty.

Selling a home on your own sucks

In some cases, homeowners look to sell their house on their own because they want to avoid agent fees.

While saving on ~3% is definitely an attractive idea, what if you aren't able to sell the home? 

I mean let's face it, how many people are going to see your "for sale by owner" sign that match your target audience?

Doing a FSBO is going to take hours of your own time talking to potential buyers and showing the home, and it might even significantly extend the amount of time your house is up for sale.

By using an agent, and not just any agent, but one of Houston's top real estate agents, you'll be able to get your house sold much more quickly.

A good real estate agent has exactly the process to set in motion that will get your house prepared, staged, looking good on the MLS, marketed, and showcased to potential buyers so you don't have to do that.

You can go about your business and not worry about taking time off from work to sit and wait on buyers to possible show up and take a tour of your home.

Additionally, you won't have to worry about much of the haggling. 

The agent is pretty familiar with proper negotiations and identifying what are good deals and what are bad deals.

And they'll know how to answer questions that buyers generally have (and maybe even convince them that they CAN have what they want with just a little imagination and touch-ups to the home).

These are all important aspects to marketing, which is exactly what selling your house requires.

You don't have to go it alone!

Yea, you can try to do it on your own, but that might just come with so many headaches on its own.

Try a real estate agent. Give them a shot and see if you can get it sold at a fair market value sooner than later.

You can always try to sell it yourself afterwards if you really want.

But what do you have to lose? Just make sure you have time. If you're facing something like foreclosure or are on a really tight timeline, you don't want to risk listing on an MLS.

That's when you may want to check out a home buyer company that can help you get out of a bind much more quickly.

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