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Purchasing a home is one of the most significant financial investments most people make in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? If you're considering investing in real estate it's smart and cost-effective to seek professional real estate agent assistance. It's well worth the minor markup to save money long-term by significantly reducing your risk. Following are even more reasons to work with a professional USA-1 real estate agent:

Get help determining how much home you can actually afford. Our agents can suggest additional ways to accrue the down payment and explain alternative financing methods. They can also introduce you to a mortgage counselor and arrange to have you "pre-approved" which can improve your negotiating position and enable you to achieve your home-buying objectives faster and with less stress.

Get help negotiating the best price and terms for you.Providing client level services, our real estate agents work for you as a buyer's agent and help negotiate the best price and terms for you. Or, they can serve as a seller's sub-agent (or disclosed dual agent), acting as a liaison between you and the seller to present offers and counteroffers until an agreement is reached.

Get help selecting the home that's right for you. Our agents will help you work out a realistic idea of the home best suited to your needs - size, style, features, location, accessibility to schools, transportation, shopping, and other personal preferences. They can also suggest simple, imaginative changes that could make a home more suitable for you and improve its utility and value.

Get access to a list of ALL available homes. Real estate agents have access to a listing of all available homes in the multi-list system, can evaluate them in terms of your needs and affordability, and will not waste your time showing you unsuitable homes.

Get complete location and market information. Our agents can supply information on real estate values, taxes, utility costs, municipal services and facilities, and may be aware of proposed zoning changes that could affect your decision to buy.

Help throughout the entire process. Our agents can provide you with a list of qualified home inspectors, pest inspectors, surveyors, and help to coordinate inspection appointments. And, although the law does not normally require an attorney to review documents or oversee real estate closings, we can provide you with a list of law practitioners to choose from if you would like to use the services of an attorney. Our agents are also there to help familiarize you with the closing process and will obtain closing figures in advance of closing for your review.