Working with a Realtor
customary for buyers to begin the process of
home shopping by searching Internet sites,
scanning the newspaper, driving around
dropping in at open houses. You may be a do-it-yourselfer and are very comfortable searching for a home this way.
As you become more serious about making a home purchase, you should begin to think about working with a Realtor. A full-time, professional Realtor is very organized and has expedient ways of keeping their clients informed about new listings as they come on the market. This is particularly important because the real estate market changes quickly and shopping for a home is very competitive. Really nice homes will receive acceptable offers within a few days of hitting the market.
In the current "buyer's market" it's important to have a knowledgeable professional help you select a home that is truly a wise purchase. Although there are an abundance of homes for sale at reasonable prices, not all are bargains. Many have been badly cared for or need expensive updating and repairs. Your Realtor can help you determine if the condition of the home and the asking price represent a true value for the neighborhood.
with multiple Realtors
Realtors donít receive a salary and have no
expense account. They are paid entirely on a
commission basis when they actually sell and
close on a home. This is why itís a bad idea to
work with more than one agent. Each Realtor will
feel that itís not financially worthwhile to
spend much of their time working with you
because they know that you may purchase your
home through one of the other agents. You simply
wonít get the dedication or service you may be
perfect home, the one you have been searching
for, has just been put on the market. Each of
your selected agents will soon discover itÖbut
donít expect to be called first. Your agents
will make arrangements to show this home to more
loyal clients before offering it to you. These things prove
that the the person is involved in the Real
Estate business, but it's not what really
These things prove that the the person is involved in the Real Estate business, but it's not what really matters.
What you really want is the total commitment of a good, honest Realtor who is sensitive to your particular situation and will be dedicated to helping you find the right home.
How do you find such an agent? Itís like any other relationship. You can sense that thereís something about the person that works for you and you just go with it.
Just as hard work and sensitivity to your needs
inspire your confidence in a Realtor, your
loyalty will inspire your Agent. Choose your
Agent carefully, then stay with him or her.
The Listing Agent works for the seller, not for
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