As many of you know I have been spending the last few weeks becoming a real estate agent. Real Estate is very complex and takes a long time to understand all of the different ways to own it, work on it, finance it and transfer it. There are also a ton of government rules and regulations regarding real estate, and then there are industry standards that must be followed so that we all can work together and speak the same language.
So really it is a system, with its own jargon, rules, laws, institutions and much more. It is really a business ecosystem and it works much the same way that computer ecosystems work in. You simply need to follow the rules and the format, copy and paste the code, and you have a contract. There are about 70 different contracts and 100’s of forms to amend or support these contracts. You can think of it much like WordPress and how you can snap in a plugin that you need. Working a real estate deal is much like this. After going to all of these classes I now see who the whole system works and it is very elegant and complete. It is mostly the same across the nation but each state has a few minor tweaks.
So I always resented the cost of real estate agents, heck that is one of the main reasons I want to be one, was to reduce them on my actions. I have always used an agent for things I have done, even though there was a cost. Now that I am an agent I am glad I did, we have heard 100’s of stories of the pitfalls of real estate. There are so many ways to mess up, and when you mess up it costs people money and if you are at fault they will make you pay. The system is so complex, and there are so many rules that it is almost impossible to not mess something up if you don’t get expert help, and often even with expert help things go wrong.
On top of taking care of the system, and making it all smooth for you a Real Estate agent has access to the databases of listed houses. Of course they created this gated database just for this reason, that you need to come to them to access it. Unless you are an expert, in the US today you really need an agent to make your transaction work without a headache. This is the advantage that some investors have, and why they can consistently make money, there are too many people who still have problems, and there is a lot of opinions of what something is worth, it is not a totally efficient market. A good agent can help you find the best deals, and stay away from the overpriced inventory. There are many good deals to be had, and just as many overpriced duds on the market.
So next time you need to buy or sell a house make sure you use an agent. And if you happen to live in Arizona give me a call, I will either help you myself or refer you to someone who can.