You can get a better deal as a buyer if you don’t use a real estate agent. In reality, the sales commission is built into the price, so you don’t end up paying more. Agents have access to a wider array of deals.
The market will only go up. Real estate fluctuates. The recent recession should remind everyone that real estate prices can indeed fall. A good deal is relative to the market at that point in time.
You’ll pay what was spent on renovations. While improvements are necessary and are done to increase the value, sellers know to remain cost-conscious. Some repairs were done to ensure a speedy sell, so be sure to bargain!
Open houses sell properties. Homes rarely sell to buyers who visited them during an open house. Agents like open houses because it enables them to find additional customers who are looking to buy or sell homes.
The agent who shows you properties represents your interests. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. Finding an agent you like is important, but do bear in mind they work on commission and have their own objectives