Whether you’re new to the Lake Junaluska area or looking to downsize from your current home, enlisting the help of a local, experienced real estate agent is important. 

With a plethora of information available online, you might ask, “Why should I hire a real estate agent?” or “Why can’t I do it myself?”Buying or selling a home using the Internet or online advertising channels (i.e. Craigslist) can’t be that difficult. The truth is, very few people buy or sell a home successfully with a real estate agent. 

An experienced agent will help you navigate the real estate waters, but will also provide a number of other benefits. 

Agents Are Buffers


Much like a spam filter on your mobile phone, your agent will handle any unwanted or irrelevant injuries about your property, including home showings and open houses. If you’re selling your home, your agent will weed through phone calls and messages, focusing on serious buyers who could potentially write an offer. If you’re buying, your agent will communicate with the property seller on your behalf. 

Neighborhood Knowledge


Our experienced real estate agents are aware of new area developments or changes that could affect your property, including road work or new construction. We can identify comparable sales in the neighborhood, provide neighborhood data (i.e. schools, demographics), and  share them with you to help you make an informed decision. And since we continuously scour the market, touring homes, and keeping inventory of available properties, we are able to direct you to the home best-suited for you at the best price. 

Price Guidance


Agents are not the ones who decide the purchase price for a home; it is dictated by the seller. If you are selling your home, your agent will be able to help price your home for sale based upon home data available including market trends, current home supply and demand, and the home’s condition. Once a selling price is determined, your agent will devise a negotiation strategy for incoming offers. 

If you’re in the market for buying a home, we can provide insight as to how much a home should cost, as well as if the value of the home will increase or decrease over the years. 

Networking


Our agents are always networking with other professionals within the community, including those who provide services to help you buy or sell a home (i.e. home inspectors, roofers). We know which vendors offer competitive pricing and those who are efficient and competent at what they do. While we may not recommend a vendor directly, we can provide a list of vendors we have worked with previously, including references, to help you make your decision. 

Negotiation Skills


Once offers are on the table (whether you’re the buyer or seller), your agent will negotiate any counter-offers or contingencies for the sale of the property.Negotiation is an essential part of a real estate agents job description, and we are trained in acting in the best interest of our clients

Handling Paperwork


Your parents or grandparents may have had a one-page signed agreement when they purchased their home. However, the purchase agreements of today can run upwards of 10 pages - and that doesn’t even include the federal- and state-mandated disclosures (i.e. lead paint disclosure for older homes). Your agent is trained to review your agreement with a fine-toothed comb to ensure there are no mistakes or omissions that could delay or prevent a sale. 

Answer Questions Post-Closing


While we hope your home closing will go smoothly, there is always a chance complications can arise. Should you have a question about tax assessments, documentation, or another issue that may have been overlooked in the excitement of closing, we are ready to assist you. 

However, we’re also available to answer questions about community businesses and resources, 

Whether you need recommendations for an auto mechanic or romantic restaurant, we can point you in the right direction. 

In 2019, Lakeshore Realty engaged in more sales at Lake Junaluska than any other real estate company in the area. For more than 20 years, we’ve proven ourselves to be local estate experts and a trusted part of this community. Let us put our experience to work for you! To learn how Lakeshore Realty can help you in the home buying or selling process, visit our website or call us today at 828-456-4070.