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How to Choose a Realtor

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Purchasing your first home can be daunting, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process. This is why it is important that you find the right real estate agent to help you by providing assistance as you move through the various steps of buying a home.

The cost of the realtor is one of the most important things to consider when your hire them to help you purchase a home. Most realtors work on a commission basis rather than an hourly or flat fee. This means that they charge a certain percentage based on the price of home you purchase. It is important that you find a realtor with a commission percentage that you can afford since your realtor fees will generally be due upon offering or closing on a home.

Paying careful attention to the contract you sign with your realtor is also important, and this is something that should be discussed or reviewed before you decide on a specific realtor to represent you. Most real estate agents will require their commission upon the purchase of your home going through and the sale being closed. However, some do require commission whenever you make an offer on a house. Although this may work for some people, it can create problems if your offer gets rejected or you don't have the money upfront to pay your realtor.

Finding a realtor that is a specialist in the type of property you desire may be important to you, and this is something you should consider before choosing a specific real estate agent. Some choose to specialize in condos while others opt for traditional houses. In addition, a few realtors work exclusively with a specific population by selling retirement homes, family homes or luxury houses and condos. It may be beneficial to you to have a realtor who specializes in the type of properties you want to buy.

It is also generally beneficial when choosing a realtor to find someone that specializes in the area where you want to live. While many realtors can show you properties throughout your city or region, some specialize with properties in certain neighborhoods or areas. By choosing to use them as your realtor, you may find that they are able to provide additional information about life in that particular area, which you wouldn't receive from a traditional agent simply showing you the property. For example, a real estate agent specializing in a community may be able to provide information on the specific schools in the area if you are a prospective parent. Having this additional information can be extremely handy when making the decision of whether or not to put in an offer on a house.

While there are many things to consider when selecting a realtor to represent you as you purchase a home, you should choose someone that you feel comfortable with. Feeling comfortable around your realtor will allow you to be honest about your needs and wants in a new home. This in turn will provide them with more information, which they can then use to pair you up with the perfect home.


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