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Selecting the Best Real Estate Agent for You

Let's face it: selling or buying your home is probably one of the biggest, most daunting projects you will ever take on in your life.  It's a monumental event that could impact a large part of at least the next few years of your life, and it's for that reason that a lot of homeowners looking to buy or sell homes or commercial property will turn to a real estate agent or Realtor for help.
Having the assistance of a Realtor by your side can be very reassuring, especially for a homeowner in their first round of dealings.  If you have never sold a home before, the legality of it all can be quite overwhelming and that's what the agent does for you; the position of real estate agent is designed to alleviate as much stress off of your shoulders as possible when it comes to legal and business matters relating to the sale, potential or otherwise, of your home or property.  They do most of the footwork for you if you pay them, from advertising to showing the property to closing the sale.  They can have as little or as much participation in the matter as possible.
In a sense, you are going to have to interview people for the position as your real estate agent just as the hiring position would go were you hiring for some other type of position.  When selecting an agent, think back on how well known properties were that they represented before this? Do they have a name that you have heard or seen before, perhaps on flyers, yard signs, billboards, or even local television? The more well known an agent is the more reputable they tend to be, and the more reputable they are, the more negotiating power they are going to carry with them when it comes to selling your home for the highest possible price, or purchasing it for yourself at the lowest possible cost; that, of course means a higher rate of commission for them, as well as profiting your pocket as the homeowner and prime beneficiary of the sale.
When you are selecting an agent, be sure that they are willing to provide you with a detailed blue print on how they intend things to go from that point on out.  Ensure that you and your prospective agent discuss how they plan to inform others that your property is on the market.  Are they going to post an ad on the Internet? Are they including your particular property in a flyer or circular?  Be sure to ask them how much time they plan to devote to your particular account.  If you are looking to sell your property on a schedule or if you are in a time crunch, a part time real estate agent just will not do.  Be sure that details regarding fees and commissions are disclosed properly prior to any type of agreement, especially a contractual agreement.

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