Select a real estate agent

Read how a real estate agent can help you.

A good real estate agent can help you define what you want in a home, search for homes in neighborhoods that meet your needs, and provide you with data on recent home sales in the area. Agents can also help answer questions about properties that interest you, for example, tax rates and building code regulations. When you find a home you want, your agent can help you formulate an offer and act as an intermediary between you and the seller, smoothing the negotiating process.

4 images: a for sale sign, a mortgage lender, a computer, and a friendly couple.

How to find an agent

  • Look for agent names on For Sale signs in neighborhoods that interest you
  • Ask your mortgage lender for suggestions
  • Visit the Web sites of local realty companies
  • Ask family, friends, or neighbors for referrals

Interview at least 2-3 agents. Tell them what you’re interested in. Find out if they have experience in the area where you hope to buy. Ask if they can provide additional information about a property or neighborhood, then see how well and how quickly they respond to your request.

After you find the home you want, your agent will help you make an offer to the seller.

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