What are the benefits of having a realtor when buying a house vs just searching yourself and going to open houses?

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When looking they're not that helpful. But when navigating financing, negotiations, inspections, permits, etc they're a godsend

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OP - not all houses in the market have Open houses. A realtor can get you to visit any house on the market.

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If you want to pay less fees look into Redfin. I used them when buying my house and a week after close they sent a refund check for ~1% of the purchase price. You do the research yourself, they take you view to the houses you like, and then are extremely helpful with deal negotiation and the closing process (have network of inspectors, lawyers, etc).

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What about if you're selling? If there's a buyer lined up is there anything else a broker really helps with?

Doesn't the seller pay their fees anyway? Don't think it's costs you anything.

And you don't think the seller considers that cost during the negotiations

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