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Choosing a Real Estate Agent

Aug 17, 2007
In this day and age, it is easy to see why it is so important to enlist the aid of a real estate agent. Buying or selling a home can be easy and hassle free. What many people do not realize, however, is that finding the best agent does not necessarily mean spending the most money? A good real estate agent does not have to charge outrageous fees, but they do need to be someone who is experienced, professional, and respected in the field. The experience factor is important because an agent without experience may not be up to date on the status of the current market. An agent who knows the market better can help you get a better deal. You want to be secure in your relationship with your agent, knowing that he or she will have your best interests in mind.

Find out if you have friends or family members who boast the services of a particular agent. If not, make a list of potential agents. Talk with a few of them, asking preliminary questions. Wait until you find an agent with whom you feel most comfortable. Be sure he or she can competently represent you. One of the top mistakes people make is to simply decide on the first agent with whom they speak. Such an important decision should not be taken lightly.

The internet is also a great way to browse through agent listings. You can view an agent's stats to find out their success records. The only problem, however, is that you have no way to verify if the information is accurate or created for the website. Looking for information via reputable search engines may alleviate some of your concerns.

If you can, attend open houses. You will meet real estate agents in person or glean some ideas about their methods of selling homes. Check out the signs in your neighborhoods for homes listed by agents. See which properties sell the fastest. Give that agent a call.

If you find an agent, you would like to hire, make sure to ask all questions that you need answers to. How long have they been in the business? What are the fees involved? What methods will they use to sell your home? What makes them different from other agents? The answers to these questions will help you make the best decision about whether or not you want to employ the services of the realtor. Hiring the right agent can make a difference between selling your property and having that For Sale sign sit in your yard indefinitely. It can also mean the difference between a large profit and a major loss.
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