How to Get the Most Out of your Real Estate Agent

By: Craig Berger

When you are ready to buy or sell a home, it's only natural to want a great real estate agent to help ensure you get the best deal possible. If you're a buyer, you want an agent who can give you a number of options at a good price. If you're a seller, you want an agent who can meet your selling needs, whether that is selling at a good price, selling fast or some combination of the two. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your real estate agent.

Hire a Realtor

Anyone can call himself a real estate agent, but only Realtors receive accreditation by the National Association of Realtors. This means they have more training in the general field, as well as specialized training and greater access to the tools of the trade. Find an accredited Realtor to handle your real estate needs.

Find Out About the Agent's Level of Access

If you hire an accredited Realtor, he should have access to a Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This way, plenty of people have access to your listing. It is a key way of getting your home sold at the right price fast. Make sure to have your home listed on the MLS.

Be Clear About Your Needs

Your real estate agent will be best equipped to help if he knows exactly what you want. Don't assume he knows how you want your real estate transaction handled. Keep an open line of communication with your agent. If he seems unable or unwilling to help you get your home bought or sold the way you want it, continue another agent.

Comparison Shop

You don't have to list your home with the first agent you meet. Plenty of real estate agents can meet your needs. Make sure you are happy with your agent. Ask yourself if he is trustworthy, if he understands your needs, and if you are confident in his ability to get the job done. If you have any doubts, meet with another agent and reassess the situation.

Buying or selling a home can be a difficult decision and not one to take lightly. Take the time to find the right real estate agent and make full use of his skills so that you can make a real estate transaction that you will remain happy with in the years to come.

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