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Homebuyers, especially first-time homebuyers, usually use a real estate agent to help them buy their homes. Your agent is your guide for the house buying process from the beginning to the very end. Their expertise, negotiation skills, and knowledge of the process helps you save or lose money on your home purchase or sale. Finding the right real estate agent to help you is extremely important.

Not sure if you are ready to buy a home? This article is for you.

Real estate agents must meet certain age and education requirements in the state where they want to work. Real Estate Agents attend state-approved education courses and apply for and pass the state’s licensing exam. They can then apply for a real estate license. Some states have ongoing certification requirements. Realtor® must meet all the above standards but must additionally pass a course on the NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) Code of Ethics and repass every four years to maintain certification.

Here are some ways to find a real estate agent:

  • Ask for recommendations from trusted family and friends.
  • Use outside resources for referrals- these could be your accountant, financial planner, insurance agent, or banker- often people in these industries encounter people in the real estate profession and see who works well with clients.
  • Look at reviews.

After you find someone, you need to interview the person before you hire them. It is vital that you feel comfortable with your real estate agent and can easily communicate with them like any service provider.

Here is our list of questions for your real estate agent.

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Advisory services offered through Capital Asset Advisory Services, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. This material has been prepared for informational purposes.