Why You Need an Agent (Even If You’ve Found a Buyer)

If you’re among those fortunate homeowners who have found an interested buyer before even listing the property, take a moment to celebrate. However, although it can be tempting to sell your home without using an agent, this is almost always a bad idea. A verbal offer isn’t a legally binding contract. A real estate agent can ensure that the offer gets put in writing, whether it’s through a Residential Purchase Agreement or another kind of contract. You’ll also need an agent to ensure these forms adhere to both local and state laws. An agent can also help you and the buyer come to an agreement on contingencies and the terms of sale. Without this assistance, the deal is at a much higher risk of falling through. Need more advice? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

What are the limitations
on an inspection?

A real estate inspection or home inspection is not an appraisal or a check for compliance with building codes; it’s also not an evaluation of environmental hazards. See the NYS Standards of Practice for more information on the limitations of a home inspection.

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