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  Using Your own Realtor.

Using Your Own Realtor

Actually, the best thing for you to do when you see an advertisement
in the paper is to call your own Realtor and tell them about the ad.
Since addresses usually do not appear in advertisements, your
Realtor will call the listing agent and find out the MLS number for the
property. If the listing is on the internet, it probably already provides
the MLS number.

The house may turn out to be a great home for you, but it may also be
a property the Realtor has already disregarded because it backed up
to a busy noisy street and you have told your Realtor you wanted a
quiet neighborhood.

First you have to have a Realtor you can call. How do
you find one?

Referrals are always a good way to go. Perhaps a friend, co-worker, or
family member recently bought a house in the same community and
had a good experience. However, if they bought a house twenty miles
from where you want to move, it may not be a good idea to use the
same Realtor.

You want an agent who knows the area in detail and has already
previewed many of the homes available for sale in that community.
Community knowledge should be important to you because you are
not just buying a house. You are buying a home in a local
neighborhood in a specific community.

Every Realtor can show you every property available for sale in the
Multiple Listing Service. Since that is true, you can call any real
estate office and find a Realtor willing to show you houses for sale.
The problem is that you do not know if you are talking to an excellent
Realtor or a lazy inactive one.

copyright 1999 by Terry Light and RealEstate ABC, revised 2002


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