Are you aware that over two million people in the United States have real estate licenses? With that many practitioners, the seed quickly separates from the chaff, with a small percentage rising to the top in quality service to buyers and sellers.
As you consider the mountains of documentation, financing, negotiating, marketing, inspections and the like, where would you begin to locate the agent best suited to your needs? It makes sense to start at home, with those individuals who participate in neighborhood organizations, local government, charities, etc.
It makes sense to work with someone who is active within and knowledgeable about the local community. More information for your choice of representative can be found through open houses, advertising, and referrals and recommendations from other agents, neighbors, and local business leaders.
Once you’ve interviewed and selected a real estate agent, make sure your relationship is clearly defined and documented. Some agents represent sellers, while others exclusively represent buyers. Make sure your representative explains how he or she works with all parties to the transaction, and provides a complete “agency disclosure” to document your relationship.
Then your agent will begin discussion of local market conditions and how they come to bear upon your listing or your purchase. A carefully selected representative from your community will provide all the information you need to move forward with confidence.
Bennington VT, Buying, Selling, Realtor Code of Ethics