Make Your Realtor Work for You

By Debbie Wilson
LoanPage.com Columnist

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Finding the right realtor may seem like a confusing and complicated task, however when it comes right down to it, a realtor really only has two main functions: the first is to find you the home of your dreams, and secondly, to negotiate the best deal for you in the sale or purchase of your new home.

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Market Familiarity

First and foremost, you want a realtor who is familiar with your local market. They should know the ins-and-outs of your neighborhood and surrounding areas. The realtor should also have insight into the quality of schools, home values, and crime statistics.

Proven Track Record

Secondly, you want a realtor who has a proven track record with a good mortgage listing to selling ratio. It can take a good realtor upwards of 3-5 years to get up to speed in real estate sales; therefore, you want someone who is well established, not someone who is struggling to survive.

Realtor Trust

In order to make the most of your new home loan experience, you want to work with someone you feel comfortable with and can truly trust. That is because selling and buying a home creates a partnership between you and your realtor that can last months or even years. A loyal realtor can ensure you get the home, new home loan, and financial security you're looking for.

So be proactive and take careful consideration in locating the realtor that's right for you. The more detail-oriented you can be about exactly what it is you're looking for, the better a realtor can aide you in your search for the home of your dreams.

Source
www.realtor.com

About the Author
Debbie Wilson owns and operates a lakeside resort. Her previous experience includes profitability consulting for a national healthcare company. Debbie holds a B.A. in Business Management with a minor in Physical Education.

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