Whether you're buying or selling a home, you're embarking on a complicated and sometimes lengthy journey. You want to make sure you choose a real estate agent who has experience with the type of property you are selling or want to buy.
If you are not moving far, you should ask friends and family for recommendations. If someone you know has found an agent who got them their dream house, or who sold their three-bedroom quickly and for a fair price, give that agent a call.
The Internet is also a powerful way to find an agent. Many Web sites have listings of agents, which link to the agent's own site. The agent's Web site will tell you whether they're a jack-of-all-trades or whether they specialize in luxury homes, new homes or condos.
If you're buying a house, you may consider hiring a buyer agent: an agent whose loyalties will lie with you, not the seller, and who will try to get you the best deal available.
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