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Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

Aug 17, 2007
Buying or selling your house is one of the most important financial decisions you will have to make. It is very important that you think it through first before deciding.

You can either buy or sell the house yourself or you can hire a real estate agent to do the work for you.

What is a Real Estate Agent?

Real estate agents are salespersons. They are licensed people who work to negotiate and manage real estate sales.

Choose a Good Real Estate Agent.

People usually use real estate agents to sell their house instead of buying one. You basically do not need a real estate agent when you are buying a house but they can be helpful if you are interested in looking for a specific kind of house. A good real estate agent can spend a lot of time in the field to look for a house that you specified.

Before hiring a real estate agent, keep in mind that there are good real estate agents that are willing to work with you and there are the bad real estate agents that are only interested in your money.

You should also interview real estate agents in person to get the feel if you are comfortable with them or not. Personal interviews can determine if they are serious about the business or just in it for the money.

Try to get recommendations first from family and friends, and then locate their recommendations to set up your interview. You can also look for real estate agents in the internet.

Good real estate agents are committed people who try their best to get you the best deal possible. They should advise you about the real estate laws and tell you about the neighborhood the house you are buying is located. They will usually include details like schools, parks, malls, church and more essential for people's everyday lives.

Here are examples of bad real estate agents:

* A bad real estate agent would get easily irritated if you rejected the first house they present to you. It would look like they are only interested to get the commissions than giving you more criteria for a house.

* Another example of it is that bad real estate agents are the ones who require a fee before they even start to show you the houses. This fee is used to guarantee themselves that the buyer is will only buy a house through them.

Here are examples of good real estate agents:

* A good real estate are often patient when you reject a house after the other. This would mean professionalism and can mean that they want you to have the best deal possible.

* Another way to determine if you hired a good real estate agent to sell your house is that they make the house look presentable as possible. They do what they can to sell the house as soon as possible and looks everywhere for prospective buyers.

To choose real estate agents, ask people about the agent's reputation. They should have a lot of success in selling houses with the best deal possible. Keep in mind that good real estate agents have many houses listed. Bad ones may only have only few houses listed. Look in your local home classified magazines about the listing of houses.

Do not rush in to hire real estate agents. Take your time and you will find excellent real estate agents to work for you more efficiently. Remember that buying or selling a house is one of the biggest and important decisions you will ever make.
About the Author
S. Stammberger is the editor of HomeFor Sale Guard . Find information, articles and quotes for home refinance loans in your area. Also offers resources on seized real estate.
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