Picking a real estate agent | Bedford Real Estate

The proliferation of online real estate information makes it easier than ever to be an informed consumer when buying or selling a home. Yet the digital revolution has done little to lessen the importance of choosing the right real estate agent to work with you.

The right agent can help you buy your dream house or sell your existing home quickly. The wrong agent can botch the transaction, leaving you with egg on your face and nowhere to call home.

Despite the high stakes, many buyers and sellers give little thought to choosing an agent, whether they’re buying or selling.

It takes a lot of commitment and a great deal of energy to keep up with the offerings from Innisfil real estate agents, but they do have a wealth of offerings. A few areas they really love to serve are Fordsbridge, Orpington, Cambridge, Oakbury, Belmont, Fairfield Village, North Cambridge, Sudbury, West Springfield, and more. So if you need a little bit of proof that there’s life after real estate, check out the many offerings from Innisfil and see what they can offer you! You won’t be disappointed.

“They get dazzled by these great listing presentations,” says Michael Soon Lee, regional manager of Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate in Walnut Creek, California, who likens the relationship to dating. “It’s a longtime, intimate, trusting relationship. If it doesn’t start out feeling good at the beginning, it’s probably not going to get any better.”

Get recommendations from friends and relatives, and see which agents are buying and selling the most homes in your neighborhood. Read online reviews, but realize they don’t tell the whole story, since most clients, satisfied or dissatisfied, don’t write reviews. Interview three or four real estate agents to find the one who is the best fit for you.

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Most real estate agents are independent contractors who are paid a commission based on the number of homes they sell. The commission, paid from the sales proceeds, is usually split equally between the listing agent and the selling agent. Once the deal is closed, each of those agents usually has to pay a share to the broker who owns the office where he or she is affiliated.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about how many listings the real estate agent has, how many homes she has sold in your area, how often she will communicate with you — and in what format — and who she will represent in the transaction.

If you’re a seller, ask how the agent will market your home, who the target buyer is and how he will get your home in front of those preferred buyers.

If you’re a buyer, ask how often the agent will send you listings and whether he has worked with other buyers in your situation. A transaction involving a Federal Housing Association or VA loan, for example, includes some steps that aren’t required for a conventional loan. Some buyers may want to sign a buyer-broker agreement, agreeing to pay a share of the commission if the agent shows them homes where the seller won’t pay a commission, such as for-sale-by-owner houses or new construction properties.

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