How an agent can help alleviate stress

Purchasing a home can be a stressful experience, whether you're a
first-time buyer or you've been through the process before. But that's
one of the reasons that working with a real estate professional is so
worthwhile. With your agent's guidance, buying a home should be
enjoyable, rather than stressful. Here are some of the more unique
circumstances where your agent can make your life much easier.

Out-of-town buyers: If you're looking for vacation
homes or moving to a job in a new city, there's a good chance that
viewing homes will be difficult-you could be a long drive or even a
plane ride away. With today's video messaging apps like Skype or
Facetime, your agent can walk you through a property virtually. It's not
the same as walking through in person, but it will at least give you an
idea about whether a property is worth pursuing further.

When life is just too crazy: If you're just getting
too busy with everything else going on in your life, a good buyer's
agent should be able to recognize the situation and help you take a step
back. They can suggest that you take a few weeks off from your home
search to recharge, or only focus on properties that exactly fit your
wants list.

Inspection issues: You're dreaming about move-in
day, and then some unforeseen issues turn up during inspection. A good
agent can work out those issues by negotiating a lower offer-to cover
costs of repairs-or by getting the seller to fix the problem.