If you need a realtor, you must first learn to understand what representation actually is. If you want to sell your home, then you may be on the lookout for a specialized seller’s agent. Those who want to buy, however, are looking for a buyer’s agent. Whether you choose a buyer’s or seller’s agent, they have a legal duty to represent you as soon as you sign a contract.
You should always ask others for recommendations. However, you need to look for more as well. Hence, you need to do your research. Make sure you find a realtor that has a specialization in the properties you are interested in. If you want to purchase a condo, there is no point going to someone that specializes in luxury mansions. Do make sure you actually speak to a realtor you are considering. Ask how they will represent you, what they cost, whether they have references and so on. You need to make sure your realtor understands your expectations. It is important that they understand your needs. The last thing you need to do is make sure that you actually like your realtor on a personal level. If not, you will find it hard to trust them. Last but not least, try to work with the realtor with the most experience. Although you might want to help out someone who is just starting in the world of real estate, would you really trust them with the thousands and thousands of dollars involved in these transactions?
If you want to buy a property, do not work with the realtor whom the seller has employed. By law, the realtor will have to pass on any information you give to the seller as well. If you hope to sell your property, you also shouldn’t work with the realtor representing the opposing side. You should be looking for a realtor that only represents your needs. Start by asking people you know whether they can refer you to a realtor. Alternatively, contact the NAR (National Association of Realtors) to find a realtor. The greatest benefit of working with a NAR agent is that you know they are both professional and ethical. Don’t choose the first and only realtor you speak to, however, but look around at a few different ones first. Make sure they have a great understanding of your needs, so they an start making suggestions too. This will give you a general idea of just how familiar the agent is with prices and neighborhoods, for instance. If you want to sell your home, find out how the realtor has done in the past. Do they usually sell under, on or over the original asking price?
If you are selling, you are likely to have to sign an exclusive realtor agreement. It is completely normal to do so but does not affect any regular rights you have. If, for instance, you feel that the representation you are receiving is not proper, you able to terminate the contract. The contract, essentially, just means that you can only work with a single realtor at the same time. If you want to buy a property, on the other hand, you don’t have to sign such a contract. However, some realtors are starting to insist on it. Realtors have to earn a living and you need to understand just how they do that. Not all realtors are created equally. In most cases, you will find that a realtor is paid a commission on the final sale price of the property, but some work on flat fees. It is vital that you know which one of the two constructions your potential realtor uses before you decide to sign your contract with them.