Real estate agents are as popular as ever!
Real estate agents remain as popular as ever among consumers — offering the latest hint that, contrary to some predictions, the Internet has actually bolstered demand for their services, according to a recent survey released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Click here to read the full article!
Finding the Right Agent – Look Locally
When looking for the right agent, start locally. Select someone who is very familiar with your neighborhood and the properties for sale in it. Then, select an agent with expertise selling the type of home you would like to sell. For example, if selling a condominium, you will want an agent familiar with that area of the market.
Because you will want the widest possible exposure for your home, you also will want a real estate firm that will work with other agencies to get your property sold. The Multiple Listing Service (MLS), used by Realtors who are licensed members of the National Association of Realtors, is the most common and effective form of cooperation.
Additionally, you will want to select an agent who is competent, efficient, and ethical. The agent who first sold you your home may be a perfect candidate to consider. If not, ask family, friends, and neighbors for recommendations, or choose a firm headed by an individual who is known in your community.
Expectations for a Real Estate Agent
When looking to buy a home, you should expect competence, efficiency, and ethics from your agent. According to All America’s Real Estate Book by Carolyn Janik and Ruth Rejnis, good agents take the time to qualify buyers and show properties in their price range. They plan showing routes carefully and have pre-inspected most properties. They have a thorough knowledge of financing options, are up on the latest housing trends, and share data on the local housing market and home sales with prospective buyers. Adhering to a strict code of ethics, good agents avoid high-pressure sales tactics, refrain from showing properties that do not fit your needs or goals, and alert you to problems about the condition of the property. And they show respect for other agents and real estate firms by not talking down about them.
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