By Maria Hinerman

May 13, 2015

Purchasing and investing in real estate is a big deal. For most Americans, the purchase of a home is the most expensive purchase they will ever make. But choosing to fly solo in such a major transaction could end up being more costly than a real estate agent’s commission. So how do you choose a real estate agent?

Not All Agents Are Created Equal

When you’re looking for a real estate professional to help you, know that above all else, a good agent will put their clients first. The agent you choose is going to be your advocate to help you make your dream of home ownership come true.

Real estate agents are often chosen solely on the recommendation of a friend or family member. It is best if you do your own research: check how long they have been in business; talk to recent clients or request recommendations; look up their licensing information; and finally, choose someone that is right for you.

A Great Agent Will Help:

  • Educate you about the current market conditions.
  • Analyze what you want and what you need in your home.
  • Coordinate the work of other professionals throughout the process.
  • Find homes that fit your criteria and budget.
  • Negotiate on your behalf to get you the best deal possible.
  • Explain and guide you through the submission of your offer.
  • Check and double-check paperwork and deadlines.
  • Inform and discuss with you everything that is going on. They will also suggest solutions to any problems that may arise.

Remember, a home is an investment. Choosing a good agent and consulting with them will ensure that you are making an informed decision.

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