Things Real Estate Agents Wish You Knew!

BuzFeed recently asked real estate agents to share what they wish people knew when buying or selling a home. Here are 10 of their best responses (check out the full list at the link):

  1. Prioritize what you want in a new home, but always be prepared to compromise. 
  2. Definitely make location your #1 priority, because it's the one thing you can't change. There are many things you can change about a house to make it a home, but that won’t matter if it's too far from work, stores, or is out of range of cell service.
  3. Real estate sites can be super helpful for house hunting, but finding a new home without an agent will be pretty challenging. You want to hire a professional that will negotiate on your behalf, and be there for you throughout the whole process.
  4.  When buying, ask your agent if they recommend additional inspections—beyond the standard ones—because they might save you a lot of money in the long run. It'll help you avoid huge unforeseen costs in the future.
  5. When buying, compare lenders and programs to make sure you're getting the best rate. You wouldn't just look at one house, so don't look at just one lender. 
  6.  Real estate agents work on commission, so they only get paid when they actually get the house sold. 
  7. Hire a professional real estate photographer before you put your home on the market. 
  8.  When selling, choose a mortgage broker that will work with your real estate agent to get your home into closing. 
  9. Always be honest about any issues with the home you're selling. If you try to sweep something under the rug it will almost always come back to haunt you later. 
  10.  Whether you're buying or selling, try to find an agent that lives in the area. They will be familiar with the unique quirks of the community, as well as important vendors such as lenders or inspectors.
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