With so many resources available online – from research materials, to tutorials, to vendor ratings – it’s not uncommon to wonder whether or not you actually need a real estate professional to help you buy a home. So… do you?

It’s hard to argue with all of the quality traits that an experienced Philadelphia real estate agent brings to the table for their clients: savvy negotiating skills, a rich understanding of the local housing landscape, legal knowledge, and in-depth advice for homebuyers on how to approach the entire process. Here’s exactly what you can (and should) expect when hiring a real estate agent:

Market Expertise

Everything from where home values are rising most, to the best ice cream shops and concert venues– that’s the kind of intricate knowledge real estate agents have about the markets in which they work.

Sure, anyone can Google housing statistics and local Philadelphia community information, but good agents are constantly in the know. We spend an enormous amount of effort on building and maintaining our networks and knowledge base to provide buyers with every last detail they need to know about the market.

Karrie Gavin, a Philadelphia native, also happens to be the author of a guidebook to Philadelphia, Moon Philadelphia, so she most certainly knows all you could ever want to know about the city, and can be an invaluable tool for you.

Negotiation Skills

With a veteran real estate agent comes veteran sales techniques. Put your trust in an experienced buyer’s agent who has proven to negotiate prices and the best terms possible for past clients.


Legal Knowledge

Legalese is not something the average homebuyer knows a great deal about. Then again, it’s not crucial, so long as you employ a real estate agent!

Agents are well-versed in the language you’ll find with home purchase agreements and other legal real estate documents. This means that you don’t have to study up on real estate law just to have a successful home-buying experience.


Referral Networks

Buying a home entails a lot more than simply attending open houses, arranging private showings, and making bids. It also involves dealing with lenders, title insurers, appraisers, and other real estate professionals who have a huge role in handling sale agreements.

Real Estate agents work tirelessly to grow their vendor networks by nurturing relationships with reputable pros and firms who know how to conduct business correctly and efficiently. This saves you a bunch of time in two ways; first in finding a group of trustworthy pros and, secondly, in making sure everything runs smoothly the first time.


Start the journey towards your Philadelphia dream home and reach out to a real estate professional for proper guidance!