As peer-to-peer models disrupt other industries (like Uber has for transportation, or Airbnb for lodging), real estate is steadfast in its need for REALTORS® to manage the buying and selling process.
The 2016 Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers from National Association of Realtors revealed that 88% of buyers use a real estate agent or broker when buying a home, according to the Daily Herald.
At the lowest rate since 1981, just 8% of recent homes were listed as for sale by owner (FSBO).
Why use a real estate agent?
This reliance on real estate agents makes a lot of sense when you think about the gravity of home buying and selling decisions in a dynamic industry.
"Agents provide objective guidance throughout the process - they're able to give consumers perspective and could keep them from making emotional decisions that could ultimately not be in their own best interest," said Mark Jones, a managing broker in Metro Atlanta. "They also provide expertise on navigating the myriad unexpected issues that can occur throughout a transaction, ranging from a pipe that bursts between contracting closing to the surprise lien that appears on the seller's title that they didn't know about."
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