27776025_sSpring and summer are the most active seasons of the year for real estate and property management alike. Most people use this time of year for moving because the kids are out of school on break and the weather can be counted on for clear skies and sunshine. Buying and selling a home this time of year can be exciting, whether the move is across town or across the Country. But, the process can also be hectic and overwhelming. Here are some tips for both buyers and sellers to think about:

Don’t do it alone. Whether you are buying or selling a home, the best way to manage all of the ins and outs of the process is to hire a real estate agent. The value that an agent brings to the buying and selling process is great. While there are plenty of technological helpers that are designed to make the buying and selling process automated – there is no replacement for having a person who is trained and experienced in the field guide you through the hoops. If you are moving to a new area, your real estate agent will be able to tell you things about neighborhoods and schools. If you are selling, an agent can get you the most for your money and find the right people to continue taking care of the home that you have loved for so many years.

Be aware. Do some research, ask questions, talk with friends and family. It is important for you to be knowledgeable and aware of what is going on with the housing market in your area. If homes in your neighborhood have sold recently, find out for how much and how closely the home resembled your own. If you are moving into a new area and you are shopping for a home, do some research on how long the home has been on the market and what it has sold for historically. After all, buying a home is the single biggest purchase most people will make in their entire lives. You want to make sure that your investment is protected and will continue to accrue.

If you are buying or selling a home this summer – congratulations and good luck with all of your future plans! Following these  simple tips will help to make the process that much smoother.