- Online is, of course, very convenient.
You can look at a lot of
listings really quickly,
and that helps for
forming options together.
A disadvantage is you might not be aware
of neighborhoods that are a good fit.
We spoke to friends, too,and ended up realizing that
there are certain advantages
that a agent will help you with.
When we would submit
an offer online before,
it just kind of goes into a black box,
and you have no idea where you stand,
and then maybe in 24 hours you
find out oh, you didn't get it.With an agent they're right
in there along the way
they're telling you what some ofthe other bids are sometimes,
and whether you might be able to up your bid,
where you sort of stand relative to others.- Having an agent also I
think helps set expectations
appropriately because they can sort of say
"hey, these homes that you're looking at
and putting offers on, they're
going to go for about this much,
and your budget's this much,
so you're probably not going to get those."
Our agent helped sort of uncover new placesthat we hadn't really looked at before
and focused our bidding.