While the rise of the internet and other forms of integrated media present numerous benefits to the world, they have some downsides as well. One of these that's applicable across numerous popular industries, including the real estate world: Myths are easier to create and spread.
When you work with The Albright Team, led by Las Vegas native Kelly Albright, you get personalized, caring services that include several basic areas of expertise -- including correcting any of the silly myths you may have heard about this world before you contacted us. Sadly, there are a number of these out there; this two-part blog series will hit on all the most common real estate and realtor misconceptions, ensuring you have the proper information to move forward with your housing needs.
Myth #1: All Realtors are the Same
This first myth simply couldn't be further from the truth. In reality, every single real estate agent has different specialties, talents and training.
An agent who has been in the industry for two decades is going to have a different set of expertise than a new agent who has just finished their formal training, for example. Agents will also differ in areas like their number of clients, whether they work with buyers or sellers (or both), and several other areas.
Myth #2: You Get a Better Deal Without an Agent
This is another myth that often comes up, and one that reveals a simple lack of understanding for how real estate agents are compensated. Agent commissions, both for buyer and seller agents, are paid by the seller and can often be as high as six percent of the sales price.
As a buyer, this means you pay nothing for the numerous benefits you'll be receiving, which include experience in the local area, access to tools that help you get the best possible price on your new home and someone who knows how to answer all of your questions.
Myth #3: Any Home You See Online is Available
Many people browse sites like Zillow and others to check on available homes in their area, but it's important to note that these sites aren't always 100 percent accurate. Often, the owners of these homes want to be present when interested buyers come calling, or they might have already accepted another offer.
Either way, it's always best to call our office directly and speak with an agent about whatever property you're considering; this is one of the key areas of value realtors help provide, in fact. We'll help you understand the various terms involved here and why some homes might be listed as "active," "new" or "contingent," among other possible listings.
For more debunked myths in the real estate world, or to learn about any of our realtor services in Las Vegas, speak to the staff with The Albright Team today.
Kelly Albright is Broker/Owner of Vision Realty Group and has been in Real Estate for 17 years. She has closed over 700 homes in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson.