Selecting a Real Estate Agent

by : Jenny Scott

The importance of your selection of a real estate agent can't be overstated. Your agent will represent your interests to others in a very important transaction. For this reason it is important to select a professional who listens to your needs and wants and carries those desires into the transaction with your best interests at heart.

Communication is an essential part of the process of the real estate transaction process. Your realtor should contact you with pertinent information on a regular basis to keep you informed of the process. Since communication is essential it is important to select a realtor with whom you feel comfortable communicating.

Work ethic is critical. Homes don't sell themselves in this market for sellers and the inventory of homes on the market requires detailed searches for sellers to gather all required information. The variance in what an agent is planning or willing to do for you can be quite large. Ask your agent what he or she is planning on doing to help sell your home or help you find a home. If it isnt what you expect find one that will put in the effort.

Pick an agent who is a Realtor ®, who belong to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The NAR has a strict Code of Ethics and have full access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). They can find out what you need to know about any property.

Additionally an agent should be flexible to meet your needs.

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