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When you are in the market to buy your
first or next house, you might consider using a real estate agent.
Having said this, some of the aspects of finding and dealing with a
real estate agent that you should keep in mind are the following:
Finding a real
estate agent. Real estate agents can be found in your
local phone book, but go off of more than just an advertisement.
Seek the recommendations of family and friends of agents they
had used previously. Contact your state regulatory agency
that is charged with disciplining real estate agents to see if
your prospective real estate agent has ever received a complaint. Check to see if your prospective
agent incorporates the use of technology, particularly the
Internet, in the search of new houses that you might be
interested in; the National Association of Realtors has found
that, as of 2003, about every 3 out of 4 house buyers utilized
the Internet to find a new house. Lastly, when you narrow
down the list of prospective agents, ask for resumes from such
select-few agents, and immediately disqualify those that are
only part-time agents; you'll want an agent who is not only
experienced, but also one who works in the real estate market
for a living, being capable of devoting their full effort in
your housing endeavor. Never retain an agent from the same
office of the real estate agent representing the seller, if
applicable, for the sake of avoiding a conflict of interest.
real estate agent's function. Consider the primary
function(s) of your agent: Will this agent primarily be
scouting for new houses on your behalf that meet your expressed
set criteria, or will this agent be involved in the whole
process, from finding a house to closing the deal on your
behalf? Also, depending on the type of agent you have, they may
have assistants or not. In the event that they have
assistants, make sure you get an agreement that the agent is
personally involved in the real estate transaction process,
itself, and not necessarily delegated to one of the assistants.
Working with your
real estate agent. For safety reasons, your agent may
to meet with you at their office; there, you'll get
acquainted and asked for standard identification to start an
agent-home buyer business relationship. During the course
of this business relationship, some real estate language/jargon
will be thrown your way, at which time you shouldn't be afraid
to ask for their meaning and any additional clarifications.
Also, be patient with your agent, as the agent may not get to
your phone call or e-mail right away, since they may be doing
other necessary acts of business (such as tending to the matters
of other clients that have been previously put off to get you
going on your house search, previewing new houses on the market,
preparing necessary contracts and other documentation for other
clients of outstanding housing matters, etc.). Having said
this, you may not always be able to have your agent go with you
to an open house to view a house of interest that is for sale;
if you find yourself going to an open house on your own--going
on your own of which should be a rare occurrence--even though
you have an agent, be careful not to sign any documents other
than a guest sign-in sheet that solely indicates your having
viewed the house opened to the public for show.
The above are just some of the major aspects of
finding and dealing with a real estate agent that you should
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