Buying or Selling a Home
To Reduce Stress, Hire an Agent

Among the ways to reduce the stress associated with buying or selling a home is to hire a trustworthy, energetic and professional real estate agent. Buyers and sellers can find reputable agents any number of ways, including asking friends and family for referrals, going online, or visiting an open house.

To receive the best possible service, the buyer or seller should make an exclusive arrangement with the real estate agent. However, there are certain times when a buyer or seller will be better served by working with several agents. For instance, working exclusively with a buyer’s agent will require the homeowner to also hire a listing agent in order to sell his home. Also, a seller or buyer might prefer that the other party in the home sale or purchase work with a different agent to avoid a conflict of interests.

Consumers enlisting the services of a real estate agent should fully understand the nature of their relationship with the agent before entering into a listing or purchase agreement. Those buyers looking in several marketplaces would also be best served by working with one agent per marketplace.

"Good Agents Takes Stress Out of Real Estate," Orlando Sentinel (05/06/01) P. J20; Hymer, Dian

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