Karen Adelson - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty

Posted by Karen Adelson on 5/16/2017

A realtor is the bridge between your vision and a rewarding house buy or sell. Good realtors find safe, functional houses that meet all of your family's needs at reasonable prices. Good realtors work hard for you, making you a priority. You'd need years of real estate experience to get the results that a great realtor can get for you within a matter of weeks.

What good realtors do and don't do

At the start of their real estate careers, realtors may have good intentions. They might be motivated and inspired. Over time, those positives could erode, especially as markets shift downward and the time that it takes to sell a house lengthens.

Drive to earn commissions in order to pay their own household expenses can also tempt realtors to cut  corners or offer you below the board deals. Here are some signs to look for when hunting for or dealing with real estate agents.

  • The realtor ask you for your honest opinion about houses that he shows you. He doesn't protect his judgments and avoid asking you for detailed feedback about houses that he shows you out of fear that you might say something that could cause him to feel as if he doesn't know where to find the best houses.
  • Real estate agents that you work with know and have working relationships with the area's best mortgage brokers and mortgage lenders, including reputable retail lenders such as those that work at major banks.
  • You won't be encouraged to buy a house if you can't afford to own a house yet. For example, a good realtor won't ask you to take on a $1,700 monthly mortgage if you only gross $50,000 a year and have other household expenses.
  • When you call an effective realtor, she will call you back as soon as possible. A good realtor will also initiate contact with you. She won't wait for you to call or email her before she updates you on the status of your house buy or house sell.
  • Good realtors will let you know if there are areas of the house sell or house buy process that they are novices at. They will bring in more experienced professionals if doing so will yield you a better deal.
  • The workload that the real estate handles will allow her to focus on you.

A bad real estate agent could lengthen the time that it takes for you to sale your house. If you've already bought another house, keeping your former house on the market for several more weeks could put a strain on your ability to stay current in your new mortgage. Remember that you hold the keys to your house buying or selling. If a real estate agent is unresponsive or taking too long to find you a new house or to sell your current home, consider looking for a new realtor.

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