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Choosing an Agent

Occasionally, buying a home can become a challenge. You need to review mounds of paperwork, sign multiple agreements, disclosures, addendums, arrange inspections with professionals, of course keep patient throughout the process. No need to panic: Selecting the right Realtor can help a lot during the home-buying process.

The services of an experienced Realtor are great to have but not just any Realtor will do the right job; you'll want to find an agent that works well with your personality. A good realtor is one that stays up to date with the local housing market and is well versed in negotiating concerns pertinent to your situation.

This means that you'll need to do some research on possible agents. A referral from a trusted friend of one who is highly regarded is a safe approach, but interviewing different agents prior to reaching your final choice is recommended. And the big brand agencies aren't the only game in town. Work with an agent who you are comfortable with, not the company.

FACT: Real estate agents were viewed as a useful information source by 98 percent of buyers who used an agent while searching for a home (source: 2014 Annual Survey by National Association of Realtors).

Questions to ask when considering a Realtor:

  • 1. Ask the Realtor if their knowledge of the market, what are some impressive facts about your negotiating contracts?
  • 2. Does the Realtor listen to your suggestions and concerns?
  • 3. Do they have past clients that you can call and pick their brain about his representation?
  • 4. Do the listings you receive the right from the agent include pertinent information you want to see?

To find a realtor in your area, visit Realtor.com

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