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HOW AND WHEN TO FIND A REALTOR

HOW AND WHEN TO FIND A REALTOR

The moment you make the exciting decision to purchase a home, the search for a Realtor should begin. Remember, the commission is usually paid by the seller, so you get to have a Realtor represent you at no cost (the exception may be if you sign a buyer/broker agreement and there is no commission offered by a seller). There are several ways to find the perfect Realtor for you. One of the best ways (and Realtors like this too) is to ask people you trust. Did they have a good experience? What did they like about their Realtor? Did they feel like they were well represented? Be sure that you ask about Realtors that work the neighborhoods you are interested in. You might find a great Realtor, but if they are not familiar with the neighborhoods you have chosen, they will not know the idiosyncrasies of that neighborhood, which is critical. A good Realtor will tell you if they feel comfortable helping you in your selected locations. Interview several Realtors and select the one you feel you can trust. If some of the people you ask give a bad review of an agent, you might want to listen carefully to what they are saying and ask a few more questions. Did the person take the advice of their Realtor or feel that they knew better? Were they available to look at property when their Realtor called? Did they take the advice of their Realtor when writing an offer, or did they insist on writing it their own way? Particularly regarding the offering price, the Realtor will know what it...

BUYERS…USE YOUR REALTOR!

The beauty of teaming up with a Realtor for buyers is that it usually does not cost them a dime…and will maximize their possibility of purchasing the property they are looking for.However, there are many steps a buyer can take that will help their Realtor give them the very best service possible. Be honest with the purchase price for which you can qualify. A Realtor needs to know your top qualifying price, even if you don’t want to go that high. The reason for this is while you may not want to go that high, you are probably looking that high on the internet and ads. You will get frustrated with your Realtor for not showing you properties that you might consider because they aren’t aware you can go higher than the price range they are looking. Just tell them that while you can qualify for X, you only want to go as high as Y. This way, if there is the perfect house out there that you would make an exception for, your Realtor can at least show it to you. Be available. If you are serious about purchasing, then you need to be available to view property. This becomes particularly pertinent in this market of multiple offers. If you are an out of town buyer, it will be better to simply wait until you are in town to look at property. Making offers on properties you have not seen is not looked upon kindly by listing agents or their sellers. Once you are in town, be prepared to write an offer. Have your prequalification letter in hand....