Seller brokers, buyer’s agents, dual agents, exclusive seller agents, discount agents – real estate agents come in many different forms. The articles, columns, radio shows, blog posts and videos here help you navigate the new and complex world of hiring a real estate agent.
Is my real estate agent doing a good job? This reader feels like their agent didn't fully explain the process of selling their home and all their options. Q: I sold my dad’s house late last year and feel like I was taken advantage of by my agent and my real estate attorney, who was [...]
Can you keep the security deposit after a tenant breaks the lease? When a tenant breaks the lease on your rental property, you could be entitled to keep the security deposit based on your state’s laws. Q: Can I keep the security deposit my tenant gave me after he broke the lease? Here's what happened: [...]
What recourse does a prospective home buyer have when dealing with an aggressive real estate agent who is pressuring him to close on a house he no longer wants? The home buyer should contact a real estate attorney to find out if he's on the hook legally because there is no contract for a home purchase unless the offer was made in writing and it has been accepted in writing. Also, the home buyer should ditch the real estate agent and think long and hard before making the single biggest purchase of his life.
What is a buyer broker agreement? Some real estate agents require buyers to sign a buyer broker agreement to ensure the real estate agent's commission and formalize the buyer/agent commitment. The buyer broker agreement guarantees the real estate agent's compensation for the real estate purchase even if the buyer uses another real estate agent. Should you sign a buyer's broker agreement and how can you cancel a buyer broker agreement? Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips segment to learn more about buyer broker agreements.
What should an agent do before listing your house? They should make multiple visits to the house and create a market analysis. Good agents will give tips on how to improve the marketability and enhance the house for sale. Real estate agents should discuss the location, condition and give other tips and recommendations. Watch this Expert Real Estate segment for more information on what real estate agents should do to prepare a house for sale.
What makes a good real estate agent? Trust, integrity, and good communication (phone and email)! Find an agent who is a good advocate, works hard and successfully buys and sells homes. Can your agent communicate the pros and cons to you and find great deals? Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips segment for more information on important characteristics in real estate agents.