Selling a house is a very difficult job. You want to sell your home as quickly as possible and at its full value. You must also be aware of state and federal laws and how they affect your sale.
This involves a great deal of time, effort, and patience, as well as specialized skills and knowledge. This is why most people turn to a Real Estate Agent for help.
When you sell your home, your Real Estate Agent will work for you as a client. You sign a contract with the agent, called a listing agreement. The agent then works for you and receives an agreed upon commission when your home is sold.
In a seller/client relationship, your agent guides you through the real estate transaction, providing information about such issues as pricing your home, which purchase offers are fair, and how to structure a purchase contract to your advantage. It is the business of the Real Estate Agent to help you sell your home with minimum delay and to help you realize every dollar of its worth.
Although the Real Estate Agent works for you and owes you additional services, the Real Estate Agent must also treat his or her buyer customers fairly. The buyer is generally the customer. There is no contract between the buyer and the Real Estate Agent.
Today, however, many home buyers use a buyer’s agent – a specialized Real Estate Agent who is the home buyer’s client and works for the interests of the buyer. This makes it even more important for you to have an expert on your side looking out for your best interests.