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 & federal
laws and how they affect your sale.
This involves a lot of time, effort, and patience, as well as specialized skills
and knowledge. That is why most people turn to a Real Estate Agent for help.
When you sell your home, the Real Estate Agent will work for you as a client.
You sign a contract with the agent, called a listing contract. The agent then
works for you and receives an agreed commission when the house is sold.
In a seller/client relationship, the agent guides you throughout the real estate
transaction, providing information on 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 it is 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.