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All About Buying Real Estate

Oct 10, 2007
Buying a home is an exciting experience for all the family members. There are plenty of options for finding the right house. However, if you plan to use a real estate agent to help you, you should be aware of certain things. No matter how professional the agents are, they tend to omit important information from the conversations. There are a few vital things that might help you in making prudent decisions.

The first thing you should remember while dealing with an estate agent is that they are primarily an over hyped salesman and their main aim is selling the house. They will leave no stones unturned to make you believe the good things about the bad ones. Though it is a fact that all of them are not liars, but it is always better to remember their roles. After all you are the buyer and they are the sellers and be sure to remember that you have an upper hand over them. Even though you may think that you need an agent, they are after all negotiators and care only about selling. They are only interested for their commission.

If the property you are planning to buy has certain problems related to it, the agent may not even tell you about those. For example, if a house has termites, ants or similar problems of pest infestation, most probably the agent won't mention about them to you. They may not also mention about other issues related to water damage, electrical problems or plumbing.

The agents will not inform you about the properties for which they won't get any commission, even if you pay them for the services they render to you. These properties may exactly match your laid down criteria of price, location etc. The real estate agent may not show such homes that could be just right for you because they won't be able to make any profit from the deal. This is one of the main reasons for you to check the property listings yourself, even though you have set your agent for the same task. This will help you to understand whether your agent is genuinely working up to his capacity to make your work of finding the right house easier for you.

Everybody prefers to use the service of a real estate agent. In fact some agents are really good and are ready for helping you. But most of them are after money and you should be very careful of them. You should not be running after them. You need to be certain that your agent returns your emails or phone calls. Buying home is a big decision to make and you should be aware of all the pros and cons before making the final nod.
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