Picking a Realtor
By Bob Schwartz, CRS,
www.brokerforyou.com All rights reserved.
If you are aware of your situation, have a good concept
of what you want in a home, and understand what you
need, you don't want to be the only one who knows.
Picking the right realtor will help you to better your
odds of getting exactly what you want and finding the
best deals that are in the market. If you aren't sure
what to look for, then you can follow some basic
guidelines to find the best home for your needs.
One of the simplest ways to be sure that you are getting
involved with the right realtor is to do your research.
In general, realtors will all have a reputation about
how good their services are and what they were able to
do for others. By looking into web-based sources or
finding info from other people, you can begin to look
for the right person and eliminate some of the bad seed
realtors who aren't looking out for your best interests.
You don't just have to see realtors as others do,
however. You can also find out how they have their
services arranged. The most critical part of this is
determining the commission that they will demand. This
will affect how much you end up paying for your home.
You will also want to look at credentials and how long
they have worked in the area. The more that they know,
the more they will be able to help you.
If you have never employed a realtor before, you will
want to understand the standard procedures for how they
are supposed to approach you with business. For
instance, you shouldn't have to sign a contract at the
commencement of the deal. You also shouldn't have to put
any money down until you have found a home and signed a
contract with the lender. Moreover, make sure that the
realtor is going to consider what you want and need, and
doesn't try to take advantage of what you don't know.
You will usually be able to tell where a realtor stands
with your business by how they reply to your questions
and needs with the first phone call. Every realtor has
their own individual tactic to showing homes. If you
aren't comfortable with how they are proceeding, it is
best to not use them.
Whether the home is your first of fiftieth, picking the
right realtor to help is a main factor to walking into
what you want. It is with a realtor that you will have
the easiest time with making negotiations, speaking with
the others involved and finding exactly what you want.
Always make sure that your realtor knows that your home
is where the heart is.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bob Schwartz, is a Certified Residential
Specialist, CA licensed real estate broker with
www.Brokerforyou.com. Bob has over 27 years of
residential real estate experience, authored a number of
published articles and served as an expert witness for
San Diego lawyers.
You can contact Bob via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit his highly popular
San Diego real estate website
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