Sunday, January 22, 2012

finding a good real estate agent

Whether you’re buying or selling homes or properties, real estate agents are very important for any profitable and secure real estate transaction. In many cases, property agents are only known through word of mouth. Perhaps you know these agents because they are recommended by your family and friends who are satisfied with their services in past transactions. You can also find real estate professionals through advertisements in classified ads or through the Internet.

From the moment that you advertise your intention to buy or sell a home, it would usually mean that you will be opening your door to property agents. These agents will be very persistent in trying to represent you; after all, they make a living through buying and selling properties. They are also willing to do the extra mile just to help you achieve your dreams and goals.

A good agent is known for his credibility, so don't be shy to ask questions. You can ask and get yourself educated on the many aspects of buying and selling property. Every agent has a responsibility. Expect him to do more than just driving clients to various homes and properties that are for sale. Helping his clients with negotiations, inspections, contracts, and closing processes are the major parts of his job. The best property agent must continue to educate himself in order to keep up with the laws involved in buying and selling property. Moreover, he needs to be knowledgeable about the market trend.

When choosing an agent, you need to choose a licensed one because he is legally required to stand by the Code of Ethics. With a licensed agent, you can be sure about his qualification, capability and dedication to sell and to help in the buying of properties. Of course, it is also important to verify that this agent has a good reputation and a proven track record.

If you have plans of buying a good home, contact real estate agents who are within the community first since they are likely to know the price range of the property that you intend to buy. It should also be the same way if you intend to sell your property in the same community. An agent who is in the community should be knowledgeable enough on how to properly price and market the property you are selling.

Finally, don’t forget to look at how well the agent represents all his clients. It is never a bad idea to visit some of the open houses that he has organized. You can snoop around and check whether he is able to explain everything about a client's property with confidence. This is a good way to gauge his ability and skills which will help you decide if you can trust him to represent you in front of sellers or buyers.

on walking our talk

We are probably not aware of it but most of us are guilty of not walking our talk. There are times when, even when we have already set our own principles and standards on what we believe to be the right thing to do, we would find ourselves settling to do the wrong thing.

Why is it just so hard for most of us to walk our talk? Why is there discrepancy between words and actions? Perhaps it is because it is tempting to backslide or to do the opposite especially if this would mean convenience on our part or something that can keep us out of trouble. But hey, why should we complicate things? Let's not make a wrong thing seem right just because almost everybody is doing it and it is something that we all can benefit from. Just saying. :-)
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