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What To Look For In A Real Estate Broker

Dec 12, 2007
If you're looking to relocate to Fayetteville, North Carolina, and you're looking for a house, you will need the services of a real estate agent. A reputable real estate agent must be authorized to conduct real estate transactions, matching sellers and buyers that want to do business in the Fayetteville area.

The agent is responsible for getting the best value for the buyer and the seller in terms of price. In the United States, a real estate agent is required to have a license in the state that they're conducting business in. In this case, the agent would need to have a valid license in the state of North Carolina.

The agent may just be a person who sells real estate, or they may be the proprietor of their own real estate company, in which case they would be considered a broker. In order to get a license in North Carolina, the candidate must attend real estate school and then pass a state test. After they pass the test, they will receive their state license. They are then authorized to work in North Carolina as a real estate agent or broker. When they start working with a real estate company, they have to get their feet wet by showing prospective customers homes for sale. The real estate agent is required to be a member of the National Association of Realtors. This group is bound by a code of principles in regard to where they're selling real estate.

Some states have agreements with other states, where say for instance, a licensed real estate agent in North Carolina can also take the real estate test in another state and be authorized to sell real estate there as well. The advantage of this arrangement is it's not necessary to finish the requirements for that particular state.

After getting some residential sales under your belt, an agent can advance and get a license as a real estate broker. The agent must take additional classes and pass a state broker's test.

After they pass the state test, they can get more experience in the office working as a manager or eventually open their own real estate company. This way, there is potential for additional income by hiring other agents to sell residential properties.

In Fayetteville, the real estate broker gets a commission when a residential property is sold. There is a contract that is drawn up, and the terms are supposed to be adhered to. The commission is applied when the sale is final. The amount of commission is dependent on the details of the contract. If the person conducting the transaction is a real estate agent, they still get a commission, but they also have to fork over a percentage to the real estate brokerage firm.

Some Fayetteville real estate brokers may offer individual services in addition to or in lieu of the regular full service, which is based on commission. The individual services include MLS marketing, appraisal of residential properties, conducting a sale or purchase or residential properties, and market analysis.

Before you decide on a real estate agent or broker, do your homework and check them out thoroughly. The real estate agents or brokers in Fayetteville should adhere to the same rules and regulations as others in the real estate industry in North Carolina and elsewhere.
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Sam Huntington writes about travel in North Carolina, most frequently about travel specifically related to Fayetteville, NC. Use the following link for even more fayetteville real estate information.
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