Homes; buying, selling, first time, or fifth, your best investment is hiring the right professional to guide you through the process. When it comes to your home hunting mission your best bet is to find the best realtor service to fit your personal needs.
Finding the right professional realty service for you just might be easier than you think. Of course, you can perform an internet search but that seems so impersonal when you're dealing with such a personal matter; your own real estate. There's the phone book, and although it might list realtors in your own backyard, it's just a pig-in-a-poke if you have no idea who these people are. You can always ask your friends, relative, co-workers or even the man on the street but if you don't know the right questions to ask about real estate agencies, you could be in for a bad experience.
So, how do you find the right professional home real estate agent who has the best team and realty listings behind them? Aside from the standard questions about realtor fees, lock boxes, length of seller's contract, and how they will promote your home, there are a number of important things you should consider before hiring a real estate service. Depending on your special needs, which, especially today with so many homes underwater or caught in the short sale or foreclosure morass.
Here are some common sense and not so common questions you should consider.
How many years of experience does the service have?
Do you disclose all aspects of a property like termite troubles, previous fire damage, traffic or noise troubles, bad neighbors, or do I need to ask?
Do their agents possess expertise in particular areas like specific neighborhoods or transactions, like foreclosures or short sales?
Ask them to give you some examples of their successes in these areas.
Do they have letters from happy home buyers or home sellers? Ask if you can speak with a couple of these satisfied customers.
No matter what side of the sale you're on, there are a number other considerations you need to ask about before you sign the agreement drawn up to protect both of your interests. Brokers don't always disclose all offers. Otherwise, your broker might get offers they don't feel is high enough (to suit him/her). So make sure there's a promise to disclose all offers in any agreement you decide to sign.
Believe it or not, brokers will and do lower their percentages and offer discounts. Although their reasons may vary the fact remains, they are willing to negotiate to get your business. Consider every angle before you lock yourself in.