Agent Representation – By Pat Redfield

When deciding to sell or buy a home without the use and advice of a licensed real estate agent you may be doing yourself a disservice.  Your agent representation is there to not only assist you with the sale or purchase of a home, but will guide you through the various elements that make up a sale or purchase contract. Their knowledge of the specific real estate market is crucial to a good sale or purchase for the buyer or seller.

According to The Information Market, transactions involving real estate agents often bring higher prices – sometimes as much as ten percent, versus those sold without an agent. Only licensed real estate agents and members of Arizona Regional Multiple Listing System (ARMLS) are permitted to list houses with the state – the largest listing service and tool real estate agents use for finding properties for their clients.

The bottom line is to pick an agency and then interview agents within the company.  If no one appeals to you, go to another agency. When you do make a choice for an agent, make sure the agent is knowledgeable about the area, and understands your wants and needs. This agent should be one who advises and not someone who “pushes” a little too hard.  You have chosen this agent to represent you in one of the most important transactions you will make.  Some very important questions you should ask might include the following; how many homes have you sold? How many homes have you listed or are currently listing? Do you send weekly reports on the number of showings and feedback? Within reasonable guidelines, are you prompt at returning phone calls?

Lastly, agents frequently run into homeowners who want to sell their “pride and joy” home for far more than market dictates. This is where an agent’s expertise, professionalism and savvy come into play. As you can see, working with an agent you trust is so valuable.

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