FAQs

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Welcome to our Help Center. We’ve pulled some of the most frequently asked questions from our users and compiled them all into one place. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Why Hire A Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home?

Many sellers hope to save money by selling their home themselves. They reason that if they don’t have to pay commission to an agent, they’ll keep the full sale price of the house. However, most people find that they end up spending more money and time and getting less for their home when they don’t use an agent for a number of reasons.
1. Accurate property valuations.
For one thing, real estate agents provide a professional appraisal of a home’s market value based on comparable sales to ensure the home is priced correctly. Homeowners who attempt to do a DIY appraisal don’t have access to a full comparable sales database. This can lead to an inaccurate valuation which loses potential money for the seller, or overpricing, which can make the home difficult to sell.
2. Agents are marketing experts.
Professional agents are better equipped to market a home because we have a much wider reach. We market each home with an array of techniques and marketing tools that we have at our disposal. As professionals, we ensure that listings are accurate and that photos are of professional quality. In addition, we have the expertise and the information available in order to match potential buyers to a property, this saves time that might be wasted by unqualified buyers.
3. Valuable industry connections.
Another benefit of hiring a real estate agent is that a professional agent has valuable connections that the homeowner would not otherwise have access to. An agent knows who to call for a quick home inspection or last-minute repairs. If any problems arise with the property, title, sales contingencies or any other issues related to the sale your agent will know who to contact. Without an agent, a homeowner can spend time and money getting these issues resolved.
4. We’re expert negotiators.
A real estate agent also helps by negotiating with buyers on the seller's behalf. LJ Hooker has local agents all over NZ, each agent knows the local market and will make sure that each home they are responsible for obtains the best price possible. Homeowners who work without an agent may not be aware that they can negotiate for more than the best offer they receive. An agent, however, can often get a better deal for the seller by negotiating multiple offers, seller concessions, inclusions and exclusions, and other aspects of the sale.


5. Finally, real estate agents help clients by overseeing the settlement process which includes negotiating the settlement and possession date, ensuring deposits are paid and facilitating pre-settlement inspections. 

Why Choose Us To Help You Sell Your Home?

LJ Hooker has, over the last 90 years, become a leading name for real estate in Australasia. With local offices throughout New Zealand, we can reach out to potential buyers in any area. All of our agents are well-trained, experienced professionals who have a passion for real estate backed up with state-of-the-art technology that enables them to do the very best job possible for our clients.
 

You will be provided with a realistic property value, designed to help you sell your home at the right price and within your timeframe. We will use our experience and our extensive network of offices and agents to attract buyers who are genuinely looking to purchase a home like yours.

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, contact us today and schedule a free no-obligation appraisal, or, simply contact us if you have any questions.

Why does a buyer need a Real Estate Agent

There is a common misperception that real estate agents only work for sellers. While it’s true that most sellers rely on an agent to market their property and negotiate the price, buyers also need a representative on their side. This is especially true for first-time buyers and those who are new to the area. Anyone can benefit from having the skills of a real estate agent at their disposal.


Contact an agent to help you buy a house today. You will get our agent’s time, expertise, advice, and support.

 

The following are some of the main benefits of hiring an agent when buying a house in NZ. A Buyer’s Agent represents the buyer’s interests the seller’s real estate agent always represents the seller’s interests first. He or she is focused on getting the seller’s desired price and showing the home’s advantages to every prospective buyer. A buyer’s agent, on the other hand, is focused on the buyer’s needs and matching the buyer to the perfect house. In addition, the buyer’s agent negotiates the selling price and the terms of the contract on the buyer’s behalf.

When you work with an agent, you won’t need to communicate directly with the seller or the seller’s agent, and you won’t have to deal with any conflict over the price or the terms of the agreement. An Agent can research the history of the home. Another significant benefit of working with an agent when buying a house in NZ is that an agent has a lot of information about the property and location that the buyer may not be able to access. 

An agent is able to research the history of the house and find out it whether it has had any serious fire, flooding, or other types of damage that could affect its structural integrity and future maintenance needs. In some cases, agents have found out that a house was involved in some dubious or other criminal activities in the past. This information has an impact on the buyer’s decision. A knowledgeable agent can help you avoid making a decision you’ll regret in years to come.

An Agent Knows The Location. When a buyer is new to an area, it’s especially important to have a real estate agent who can provide insight into the quality of life in the neighbourhood where a house is located. 

An agent is aware of the factors that affect life in a community, these can have an impact on the desirability of a given location for a client. An agent can steer the buyer toward a community with residents of a similar age, for example, or to a neighbourhood with amenities that will benefit the buyer’s family. These might include proximity to a good school, parks, a library, or other public services. In addition, an agent can provide information about future planned developments that could affect the quality of life and value of a property in a given location, such as an anticipated change in traffic patterns or plans to develop a natural area near the neighbourhood. An agent who has experience in the local community can provide a big-picture view that newcomers would not otherwise be able to see.

An agent knows the process and can assist in every step in the process of any type of sale, whether a private treaty, tender, or auction. This is especially important for first-time buyers who have not had experience with real estate transactions. The agent will make sure the buyer knows exactly how the process works and what he or she is expected to do as well as provide valuable advice about getting financing, organising a home inspection or other detail involved in purchasing a home. An agent who works in the area often has connections to other professionals and can get work done quickly.

An agent expands the buyer’s reach. Finally, a good real estate agent is like a matchmaker, finding the right property to fit the buyer’s lifestyle. Agents are well suited to do this because they have a huge database of possibilities to work from. Buyers can drive around and look for signs, and of course, they can peruse online listings, but an agent may know of homes that are not yet available online and because of their local knowledge and connections may be able to shed more light on the property than is visible in an online listing. Thus, when a buyer presents a list of “wants” and “needs” for their new home, the agent has the tools to research and quickly come up with possible matches.