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Should I use a Real Estate Agent to Buy my First House?

posted by Stephen Katz @ 6:52 PM
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

In a word YES! It’s good advice for any home buyer to use a qualified Realtor, but this is especially true for first-time home buying. A real estate agent can assist a buyer in getting appointments to see houses, negotiate with sellers, negotiate offers, and recommend a good inspector.

It is best to find a Realtor who lives in the area. Locally-based agents will be able to give more valuable insights on the town including practical information about area shopping and restaurants, public schools, neighborhood atmosphere, and other community offerings.

My advice is to hire an experienced Realtor through trusted recommendations. If you are looking to move within your own town, you can ask neighbors and friends for names of the Realtor they used, as well as a brief list of what they liked about working with him or her.

Keep in mind that even though email is convenient, I would suggest a call or visit the Realtor in person for a brief consultation. Spending just a few minutes with the agent can reveal a lot about how the home buying experience will be. Buyers should note how the Realtor makes them feel and whether the agent really seems to understand their needs and wants… first impressions are generally pretty accurate.

Stephen Katz

(770) 309-0939 (direct) or (866) 742-8400 -- For the past 18 years, Stephen Katz has built a successful business almost entirely on referrals. As your mortgage consultant throughout the home loan process, Stephen will explain the pros and cons of all available mortgage programs and help you choose the financing option that is best suited to your needs. Throughout the loan process, he will keep you informed and will respond quickly to your requests with answers and solutions. Consistently a top producer, Stephen is a Mortgage Bankers Association "Diamond" Award winner, a Georgia Mortgage "Top Gun" and has closed almost half a billion dollars in loans. Put his knowledge and experience to work for you!

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