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How do I get started?
The best way to get started on this exciting venture is to ask relatives or friends about Realtors they know. Call and make an appointment to meet with them and choose someone you are comfortable and confident with. Discover and talk about your long-term goals so options can be explored and discussed.
In order to get started, you'll also need to understand the buying process and market conditions. Both of these are equally important. There are hundreds of books and articles written on this subject, plus information on the Internet, including this site. Ultimately, you should conduct a question and answer session with a professional real estate agent to get a full understanding of the home-buying process, and what to expect. Having the right real estate professional will make all the difference.
First things first...it's extremely important to meet with your agent and work together to find a suitable lender. Once you know your qualified loan amount, you can begin the process of searching for homes that match your needs and desires. This step is critical so that you can better understand available financing. Mortgage programs vary in their creativity and risk. The price range you determine as comfortable will depend on the program you choose.
What is a Realtor®?
A Realtor® is an individual licensed to list and sell real estate, one who is also a member of a local Board of Realtors, the State Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. As a member of these three professional trade associations, a Realtor® is bound by a strict Code of Ethics, the canons of professional behavior that guide daily activities in the real estate business.
A Realtor® pledges fidelity to clients, but also pledges to treat fairly all parties to a real estate transaction. A Realtor® is knowledgeable about various aspects of the real estate profession and maintains current information regarding market conditions. Realtors have an affirmative obligation to serve property owners and prospective buyers to the best of their ability.
A Realtor® is the recognized professional in real estate. The distinctive Realtor "®" is your guarantee that you are dealing with the elite of the profession, a member of an association of Realtors, a professional who deserves your trust: a Realtor®.
Do I have to use the services of a real estate agent in buying or selling my home?
No, you don't have to. However, the expertise a good agent will bring to the transaction might be of great assistance to you.