1. For homebuyers, an agent can save you time in your home search.
2. For sellers, an agent helps you understand your obligations and saves you time
by marketing and advertising your home.
3. A qualified buyer's agent must know the neighborhoods, property values, and
homes in your price range.
4. A good way to select a buyer's agent is at random, by letting agents approach
you at open houses.
5. How an agent represents you (buyer's agent, seller's agent, dual, etc.) is
not an important factor.
6. Homebuyers and sellers should get referrals from friends or associates and
interview several before working with any agent.
7. The major benefits to hiring a buyer's broker is that they can freely offer
their opinions about a home's benefits or drawbacks or price, and represent you
in the negotiation.
8. Buyers and sellers should understand the broker's fees and get all their questions
answered before signing a broker to represent them.
9. Sellers should ask how many home sale transactions the broker has closed in
the last year.
10. If it feels uncomfortable, sellers don't need to ask if the broker has had
ethical or legal problems.
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