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How to Choose a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to buying your dream home, a good real estate agent can make all the difference. Choosing an agent can take a bit of work but it is definitely worth it when you move into the home that you have always wanted. If you have options with regards to real estate agents, there are a few things that you will want to keep in mind when choosing.

Note that if you are planning to buy into a community such as the Milestone Community Builders North Austin homes for sale, you may not actually need a buyer’s agent. Some community homes are sold by the companies that build them and you can work with those companies just as you would a real estate agent. If you are buying a home however, that is not part of a community builder’s project, a good real estate agent is essential.

A real estate agent is bound by specific legal obligations and you should ensure that the agent you choose follows these obligations. Your agent should take the steps necessary to put your needs above the needs of others. For instance, you do not want an agent that worries more about keeping the seller happy than keeping you happy. Your agent should be working for you in an attempt to get you into the home of your dreams and at the best possible price. He or she is bound to inform you of any information that could be useful to you when choosing a home or when deciding whether or not to buy a specific home.

Make sure that the real estate agent you choose has a valid license in the state where you are planning to buy a home. You can check this information with the governing agency for your state. Most state websites offer licensing information for real estate agents just as they do for insurance agents and other professionals. It is a good idea to choose an agent that belongs to the MLS or Multiple Listing Service. This means that you have a much wider selection of homes because your agent will know about any homes in the area that you want to purchase.

Check the reputation of the agent. Find out how many satisfied home owners bought through that specific agent or agency. This can be a great reflection on the service that you can hope to receive. If an agent has sold millions of dollars in real estate over the past few years, you can likely count on that agent to ensure that you are completely satisfied with all aspects of your home purchase.

Finally, keep in mind that some agents work as both a seller’s and buyer’s agent. If a real estate agent is selling a home for a client, he or she may very well want to show you that home. This is after all, how they make their money. Make sure however, that the agent is not going to push you into buying a home simply because he or she is the selling agent. Again, your agent should be on your side and looking out for your best interests.

06.06.2013. 13:31


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