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You’ve probably heard a lot about how to find a good real estate agent—what questions to ask and credentials to check. Now that you’ve found that high-octane professional, you need to establish a working relationship that will meet your needs.
Know What to Expect
Any professional agent will responsibly fulfill his or her job requirements. But it’s a good idea for you to know what those requirements are, too. Here are a few reasonable steps you can expect your agent to take:
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- Whether you’re selling or buying, you need to know how the process works—what will be done first and what will follow. You’ll receive state-required agency disclosures that lay out your and your agent’s responsibilities.
- If you’re selling, your agent will tell you what repairs or upgrades you’ll need to make. He or she will explain the market conditions and design sale terms to speed up the selling process.
- Once your home is priced and listed, your agent will market your home using a variety of methods which may include the internet, print advertising and personal networking.
- If you’re buying, your agent should give you information about the market and community you’re looking in and should always respect your budget and location preferences.
- Your agent is in charge of scheduling showings, inspections and appraisals and will protect you from mistakes in the lengthy paperwork process.
A lot of your agent’s work will be behind the scenes—but important. You’ll want to be sure you’re in the loop, so establish how often you want updates when your agent lists your house. A good agent will be committed to ongoing communication.
A Delicate Balance
Your agent is an advisor you hire to help you buy or sell a house. You’re paying for the expertise, but the decisions are yours to make. It’s easy to feel intimidated because you don’t work in the real estate world every day. But an agent with the heart of a teacher will explain everything to you so you have the power to make informed choices. Selling or buying a home is a big deal. You will have to live with the decisions you make, not your agent.
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Establish a good working relationship with your agent by being upfront about your expectations, and never forget—you are in charge of the deal.
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