Real Estate transactions are the biggest financial investment most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 Income Tax problem, would you decide to deal with that without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal issue, would you want to handle that without the help of an attorney? Considering the small cost and large risk involved, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR.
If you are a BUYER, your agent may be able to locate property that is not actively advertised and will take some investigation to find all available properties. Your real estate agent can help you in understanding your different financing options, also.