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Old 08-14-2013, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Sandy Nelson View Post

This is what you should be able to expect from your Realtor:

1. Know intimately what it is you're looking for so you don't waste your time and money (time is money).
2. Educate you on the process (short sale vs. bank sale vs. conventional sale) so you can make smart decisions and save money.
3. Putting his referral resources at your disposal. Thorough home inspectors and honest mortgage brokers can save you money and headaches.
4. Save you money by communicating with your mortgage broker to hold off on ordering the appraisal before the inspection issues are resolved so you don't throw the appraisal fee after the inspection fee.
5. Prepare a market analysis for the property you plan to make an offer on so you know you're not paying too much and averting any bad appraisal surprises.
6. Negotiate the best contract terms for you so you can save money (have I mentioned saving money before?)
7. Take you to the properties you're interested in two or three times. The first time is only to see if the property gets deleted or stays on the "favorites" list. The second time is to give it a good looking over before making an offer.

I'm not looking to pick up a client. It just irks me to hear about brokers who treat their clients like customers in a check-out line. In a broker-client relationship the broker has a duty to put the client's interest before his, to always serve his client's best interest, to exercise skill and care.
It also irks me that some consumers will put up with such poor service. I advise that you ask your friends, family or co-workers if they can recommend a good broker. Visit a few open houses and take the opprtunity to meet diffreent brokers and interview them. You deserve better than what you have.
Thanks, I have not received that with my previous agent. I found a new agent today and like him better already. He is more involved.
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:58 PM
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Sounds to me that the agent is more incompetent than greedy. He should have done a much better job of explaining that some properties have a very slim chance of closing. I'd fire him. Clients dump Realtors all the time, for both valid and ridiculous reasons.
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