|The Following Are A Few Helpful Suggestions:
Pick ONE Real Estate Agent and stay with Him/Her.
inspires a professional to seek and find the home
of YOUR choice
more than knowing you are relying on him/her completely
Choose an agent carefully. Make sure she/he is a Realtor,
full-time Associate Broker, professionally trained
to service your needs.
Be sure the Realtor's firm belongs to the Multiple
Service (MLS). This way He/She can show you any
home listed in the
area, including those exclusively listed by another
agency. You do
not have to contact each office to see different
listings. If you
see a house advertised that's listed with another
firm, ask your
Realtor to arrange a showing.
Once You Have Committed Your Loyalty To Your Realtor,
Ways You Can Help.
A. A frank approach to your needs and price range is crucial.
Overestimating your ability to pay can leave you unqualified for
mortgage monies; Underestimating your price range can eliminate
that "perfect home" from the portfolio of houses the agent selects
to show you, based on information you supplied. Answer personal
financial and credit questions that he or she asks honestly -
remembering that all such information is kept confidential.
B. If you wish to attend an Open House and your Realtor cannot attend
be sure to have him/her contact the salesperson holding the Open
House to let them know you are attending as his/her customer.
Otherwise, if you decide to buy it, you may find you're obligated
to work with the Open House host salesperson.
C. If you see an ad in the paper or home guide which piques your
curiosity, do call your Realtor and ask about it. Let your Realtor
make the inquiry; a lot more information can be obtained from a
fellow Realtor which will be helpful to you.
D. While a Realtor is well-versed in the local real estate market,
he/she should also be knowledgeable on such matters as financing,
taxes, schools, community activities and the like. However, a
Realtor is not an accountant, a lawyer, a mortgage officer,
engineer, or home inspector - be sure to consult with a professional on such matters.
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