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What to Look for When Hiring a Realtor
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, a good realtor can make the experience a breeze. A bad one can turn things into a real estate nightmare. Learn what to look for, and what to avoid, when choosing who you trust your business with.
Consider Your Housing Needs and NicheBuyers who are shopping for a townhouse should shop for an agent that specializes in smaller homes. Think about your size needs, and price range. Make sure the agent has experience in the area you’re most interested in. It only wastes time when you’re always shown homes $100K over your budget.
Similarly, if you’re selling your mansion, you don’t want to put your home in the hands of an agent who sells condominiums. Make sure your agent understands the housing climate for your neighborhood. Even if you’re selling a smaller home, you want it appraised accurately. Set a price that’s too high, and you might not get any bites for months or years on end.
Pay Attention to Warning SignsRealtors are paid in commission - a portion of the total cost from whatever sale they make. While paying commission is normal, be on the lookout for realtors who take an unusually high or low part ... more
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