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May 08 2017 (written by Phong Nguyen) 266
Home buyers who have bad experiences are often those who called an agent advertised on a neighborhood lawn sign or in a magazine ad. Without much thought to expertise, they then quickly entered into a contract. I’m not saying those agents can’t do a good job, I’m saying that to choose the right agent for yourself and for higher odds of a good experience, you need to dig deeper, beyond the real estate license and visual advertisements. There are more important factors in choosing a REAL real estate professional such as: personality, experience, reputation and local expertise. Here’s how to choose the right buyer’s agent or broker for yourself.
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First, you should contact at least 3 real estate agents or brokers for interviews in the city where you want to buy a house. If you are not happy with the first 3 agents you interviewed, contact 3 more. Here are a few suggestions to find good agents for interviews:
Third, once you select an agent, read the contract terms carefully to understand the binding nature of what you’re signing. You don’t want to be stuck with an agent if you become uncomfortable with them. You can ask for a short-term initial agreement of 30 days, with a clause for an additional 60 days upon mutual consent. A competent agent shouldn’t have a problem with such a request.
However, you should place yourself in the shoes of your agent to get the other perspective before making your requests. As humans, we naturally opt to invest in the business that potentially has a higher chance of success. If you were the agent and your customers didn’t give you enough contractual time to help them find and buy a house and/or if they seemed unlikely to commit, the deal wouldn’t interest you much, would it? So be fair, and give your buying agent at least 30 days to prove to you that he can help you find a home you will like.
Following the suggestions above will give you a much better chance of finding a good real estate agent that suits you best. While on your journey of becoming wiser and more prepared to buy a home, please also Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HOMEiA. We really appreciate your supports. Thanks in advance!
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