How to Choose a Good Real Estate Agent when Buying a House

Many people think that real estate agents are grossly overpaid, because all they have to do is show you properties and help you find a house that you like. In reality, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Following is a list of the progression of events that take place and what you can and should expect from a good real estate agent:

1 . Explain the complete procedure of buying a house to buyers
2. Write up the offer and go over it thoroughly with buyers
3. Present the offer in person to the sellers
4. Negotiate the offer to get the best price and conditions for the buyer
5. Set up a time line for buyers, so that they know exactly what they
need to do and when
6. Set up inspections and attend them with buyers
7. Negotiate any repairs(with selling agent)that need to be made
8. Oversee property repairs when necessary
9. Work closely with buyers' lender and provide him with any
necessary paperwork
10. Calculate an estimate of closing costs for buyer
11. Stay on top of every aspect of buyers' real estate transaction
12. If a crisis arises, work on resolving it diligently until the problem is
13. Acts as an educated advisor, rather than as a decision-maker
14. Make special arrangements for buyers to show the house to friends
and/or relatives
15. Attend the final walk-through inspection with buyers
16. Go to escrow with buyers for the signing of closing documents
17. Deliver keys to buyers after close of escrow
Every buyer has different needs, and it is the responsibility of a good real estate

Every buyer has different needs, and it is the responsibility of a good real estate
agent to adapt herself to the needs of each buyer. The most important quality of
a good real estate agent is communication. She should listen attentively,
answer phone calls promptly, and answer real estate questions in a manner that
the buyer understands. She should keep buyers abreast of the real estate
market, especially after their transaction closes.

If you have any questions regarding choosing a real estate agent or any other
issues relating to real estate, please contact Robin Gitman at Willis Allen Real
Estate, 858-344-1416, or email,