Check out this article at www.floridarealtors.org regarding the latest internet search methods that can potentially make it easy for people to buy and sell properties without the assistance of a REALTOR®. Websites such as Zillow and Trulia are websites that allow people that do not have access to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) to find homes for sale in a particular area.
The internet is certainly a great source for large amounts of accurate data, but there as still a lot of people that don’t have the time or skills to sift through the massive amount of data to find the most pertinent information for them.
Also, some real estate agents offer specific skills or services that make them an asset to home buyer and sellers. For example, my wife Deana is a professional interior designer and home stager. For people that choose to list their home with me, my wife will provide them with a free 2 hour home staging consultation. This free service will ensure that your home is more appealing to potential buyers, which will lead to quicker and higher offers. If I help a family purchase a new home and they want a fresh design, my wife will provide a free 2 hour interior design consultation.
You can learn more about my wife and her design services at DG Interiors Inc.