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A good Estate Agent will have the education and experience to help you navigate what will be one of the biggest purchases of your life.

They also have access to a wide range of properties and can guide you to those that are the best fit for you, which can save you time and energy. If you are unsure what type of property you’re interested in, an agent can help explain the pros and cons of things such as seafront lifestyle versus traditional village living especially here in Rhodes.

A good Estate Agent will be aware of their area and what’s going on in the local market, meaning where are the up and coming neighbourhoods? Which areas are more desirable or have access to better schools? These are all issues an agent deals with daily.

Buying abroad can be daunting. An agent will ease the burden of buying by simplifying the process. From the viewing – they set up the initial viewing, answer any questions, handle the intricacies of negotiations and not to mention keep on top of Lawyers and banks where needed.

Today’s market also presents challenges that simply weren’t present or didn’t dominate the market a decade ago. Buyers are faced with some great deals, albeit through some complicated channels, such as negative equity sales where owners have failed to keep up re-payments. How does one handle these difficult situations? Your agent or broker will have become an expert in this area!

According to the NAR, “More than ever, home buyers are relying on real estate agents and brokers to help them with their home purchase because they need a real estate agent to help them through the process.”

Finally, buyers are unsure if now is really a good time to buy. They need to rely on someone with local market knowledge. Is this a good area to invest in? Are prices still dropping in this community? How long do homes take to sell? What is the median selling price? Buyers want the best deal out there.

If you are considering buying a home this year, be sure to strongly consider using a real estate agent. They could be your biggest ally – be sure to chose only the best!