Since most real estate websites are mobile friendly these buyers are searching wherever they are; at work, at home, at restaurants and even sitting in front of homes. In addition this information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is not a need to call a real estate agent at the beginning of the process because they are in the information gathering stage and not quite ready to buy. It makes them feel more in control reaching out and learning about home buying on their own. Not all sites however are accurate so a buyer needs to beware to not take it all as fact.
The websites themselves offer all kinds of information to educate the buyers. Besides finding out all about the houses, buyers can get oodles of valuable information about buying a home. The home buyers can get estimated payments, find out about the neighborhood and the tax base for the area, they can locate the schools for the area as well as know where shopping and entertainment facilities are located. All of this type information is available on my website for the Clarksville TN area too. I welcome any buyer to go sign up for housing alerts so they can be in the know of what is hot on the market in Clarksville.
At their leisure and at their own pace home buyers become familiar with the steps to home buying. They become educated about values and start to recognize when a home is overpriced. This doesn't mean that they should step out and do the whole transaction on their own. There are many facets to the sale and negotiation steps that only a good real estate agent can foresee and master. So once the home buyer is close to being ready to start the looking process in earnest, the buyer should reach out to a Realtor to work in their behalf. The service of an agent is much more than unlocking doors.
Having representation in the sale is strongly recommended. This doesn't indicate the buyer is not knowledgeable either. In fact it shows that the buyer knows how to best navigate the sale with a Realtor by his side. Buyers are not stupid when it comes to buying a home. They may not have all the answers and that is to be expected. It is the agent's job to explain the steps of the sale and make sure the buyer is kept in the loop. Home buying can be a fun experience and it should be.
Debbie Reynolds is a Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent with 35 years experience in helping buyers and sellers. To contact this Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty agent, click on this link.