Monday, April 13, 2009

The First Steps Series-Finding a Realtor

A Real Estate Agent will help you save time and effort in your search for a new home. They have access to home buying tools and with their experience will guide you through the buying process. An agent will assist in finding a home that suits your needs and price range. They’ll help you:


1.    understand the contracts and paperwork

2.    find a home that meets your needs

3.    search property values in your area

4.    negotiate the offer

5.    coordinate the closing process

Buying and selling real estate is a complex process. Every property is unique. No two properties are alike. Homes differ and so do contract terms, financing options, inspection requirements and closing costs. Also, no two transactions are alike. An experienced agent can walk you through the legal forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing and negotiating. 

Talk to family and friends. See what experiences they had with the Realtors that sold them their homes. Ask for referrals but make sure that the agent is right for you. Take the time to interview more than one agent.  In the times of where over 80% of both buyers and sellers turn to the internet when they initially decide to buy or sell, it is to your advantage to have a tech savvy REALTOR.  Remember, your agent is an extension of you and you want to make sure he/she represents you well.

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