general questions

Selling or buying a house can be a complex process. A realtor brings expertise in negotiation, market knowledge, and paperwork to ensure a smooth transaction and get you the best possible price.

A buyer’s agent represents your interests in finding a home, negotiating the price, and navigating the closing process. A seller’s agent helps price your home competitively, market it effectively, and handle showings and offers.

Real estate commission fees typically range from 5-6% of the sale price, split between the buyer’s and seller’s agents. However, some agents offer negotiable rates or flat fees.

The market can be categorized as a buyer’s market (more houses for sale than buyers), a seller’s market (more buyers than houses), or balanced. A good realtor will stay up-to-date on local market trends.

Specific questions

A realtor can perform a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to estimate your home’s value based on recent sales of similar properties in your area.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a crucial first step. This will give you a clear picture of your budget and make you a more attractive buyer to sellers.

Closing costs include fees associated with finalizing the sale, such as property taxes, title insurance, and lender fees. These can add up to several thousand dollars.

Most realtors offer free consultations to discuss your needs and answer your questions. This is a great way to get a feel for their expertise and see if they’re a good fit for you.