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.
Know your rights if you have a complaint about your real estate agent. If your real estate agent has broken a law, you can file a complaint with your state's regulatory agency, the Better Business Bureau, and the National Association of Realtors. If your real estate agent has committed a criminal act against you, contact the police. But make sure you have a true complaint against your real estate agent and not just a minor disagreement or frustration because your property has not been sold.
A real estate agent typically represents either the buyer or the seller. But if a listing agent brings the buyer to the table, that real estate agent is now a dual agent. What is dual agency? How can you protect yourself if you find yourself working in a dual agency situation. Check out this new ExpertRealEstateTips video for the answer.
Don't be afraid to ask real estate agents questions before you hire them. Which real estate companies have they worked for and for how long? Do they hold an agent's license or broker's license? What is their specialty and can they provide references? How do they market real estate on the Internet? What real estate have they sold? This Expert Real Estate Tips segment tells you what questions to ask your real estate agent.
Real estate agents sometimes have a sixth sense for what a buyer wants. Is space, price range or style most important? How does a good agent discover what her client needs and wants? View this Expert Real Estate Tips segment for insight into how real estate agents figure out what their clients really want to buy and to learn why exposure to properties is key in finding out what you want in a property.
How can you protect yourself from costly mistakes when buying and selling a home? How can you save money when you're looking at real estate? Educate yourself on the process, do research on your property and find a good agent to represent you. Real estate research in all areas of the real estate process can save you money.
A real estate agent writes that real estate commissions are reduced by real estate advertising costs. The real estate agent describes other costs that lower real estate commissions more. In addition to real estate advertising costs, real estate agents may have to split commissions with other agents and pay for gas and extra help.
What qualities do the best real estate agents have when working with home buyers? While home buyers often perceive the real estate purchase process as unpleasant, a great real estate agent can change that. The best real estate agents work with home buyers to help them figure out what they want and where to find the home that will meet their criteria. Top real estate agents also know the neighborhoods and resources intimately and share them with home buyers.
A real estate agent asks about the length of a real estate listing agreement, which governs how long he can take to sell a home. The real estate agent says 90 days is too short a duration for a real estate listing agreement. How long should the real estate listing agreement last? Does Ilyce agree with the real estate agent about the real estate listing agreement?
But on the World Wide Web, the nature of real estate competition is changing -- particularly if you're interested in snagging Gen Y-ers, those young and future home buyers who are now in their 20s. How real estate agents are finding these buyers and interacting with them requires some of the same skills your teenager might have already mastered. The second iteration of the Internet is called Web 2.0, and at its core is something called social networking.
After a home sale falls through, a buyer asks about getting earnest money back from a real estate agency. The real estate agency cashed the earnest money check. What can the buyer do to get her earnest money back?