Choosing a Real Estate Agent
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Once you have made the decision to buy or well a home the next most important decision you will make will be in choosing a professional real
estate agent. If you have done some research into the process of buying or selling a home and you consider that the stakes are too high to do it
yourself, then you will need to hire a professional.
The purchase of real estate will most likely be the single largest investment that you will ever make. A good agent will be familiar with the local market and will be able to help you establish an appropriate asking price, they will market your home to other real estate agents, schedule and show your home to prospective buyers or sellers, qualify buyers to determine if they will be able to obtain financing for your home and help you work out details such as home inspections and financing. In addition, the professional real estate agent has access to a listing service which they can use to locate properties in your area that match your particular specifications. In addition, they will be familiar with the local school system, utilities, shopping, and whether homes in the area are appreciating or depreciating in value.
So how do you choose a real estate agent? First and foremost, it is important that you choose an agent who you feel comfortable with. Their personality should be a good match with yours. It is recommended that you visit multiple real estate agencies in your area and also be sure to ask friends and family for recommendations on agents they have used in the past. Sometimes the best sources of referrals are from those you trust.
The following are questions to ask when interviewing various agents.
1. How long as the agent been working in the area? Your agent should be familiar with the local market so they can set the most effective asking price for your property.
2. Does he or she have a salespersonís license or a brokerís license?
3. How many homes as he or she sold in the last year?
4. How much experience does the agent have in buying or selling homes in your price range?
5. How does he or she plan to market your home? Will they be advertising your home?
6. Are they familiar with local market trends?
7. Ask for references.
Aside from which property you decide to buy or sell choosing your professional real estate agent may be one of the most important decisions you make in the process of buying or selling your home. Be sure to talk with several agents before making your decision and ask what their commission will be before signing a contract. Limit the contract to a short period of time such as two months in case you are unhappy and want to change Agencies.
If you are thinking about buying a more expensive house then it pays to research all the types of loans available and then discuss your options with a mortgage professional.
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