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How to Navigate the Home Buying Process

The Guidance of Real Estate Agents for Home Buyers

It’s extremely important to know the ins and outs of selecting a real estate agent before you bring one along with you to help in your search for a home, just so you may know what to expect, and what will be expected of you.

Who a Real Estate Agent Is

You probably already know who a real estate agent is, but do you know exactly what they do?

In short, a real estate agent is someone who is licensed to list and sell real estate, implying homes, properties, etc. A realtor, however, is somewhat different.

A realtor is a member of the National Association of Realtors. Therefore, while an agent is always a real estate agent, a real estate agent isn’t always a realtor.

How to Choose the Best Real Estate Agent for Your Needs

You may feel the urge to pick the first real estate agent who strikes you, but that’s something one should never do. The “Wow Factor” will simply wear off within a few minutes, even seconds.

Look for Proper Credentials

Would you trust a doctor who does not have credentials, or one that hides them? Probably not. So, why trust a real estate agent who does not present theirs, or doesn ‘t have them at all?

It’s easy to find real estate agents who can get the job done, but finding agents with special credentials, those who have gone that extra step to take additional classes in certain specialties of real estate sales, is hard.

Here are just a few real estate credentials that you should be on the lookout for:

• Accredited Buyer’s Representative, or ABR – Completed additional education during representation of a buyer in his/her transactions.

• Certified Residential Specialist, or CRS – Completed additional training during the handling of residential real estate, such as houses and apartments.

• Seniors Real Estate Specialist, or SRES – Completed training during the purpose of helping sellers and buyers who are 50-years or more.

Similarly, if you stumble upon a real estate agent who is also a member of the NAR, the National Association of Realtors, it will be a bonus. However, make sure that they have at least one or two credentials that are relevant to your needs.

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The Process of Buying a House – Table of Contents:

  1. The Guidance of Real Estate Agents for Home Buyers
  2. Owning VS Renting
  3. Home buyer’s guide – needs and desires for a house
  4. Horror stories in the real estate world
  5. Searching for the Right Home
  6. Hire an Agent, or Buy Alone?
  7. Do and Don’ts in Negotiations When Buying a House
  8. All You Need to Know About the Home Inspections
  9. Shopping for a Home Loan
  10. Programs for First-Time Home Buyers
  11. The Closing Process
  12. Best Ways to Organize Your Move

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