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Chapter 2. Why Should I Use A Real Estate Agent?
What are the advantages of using a real estate agent to help me buy a home?
Buying a home is certainly one of the most rewarding experiences most of us will ever have; it is also one of the most challenging. If you are buying for the first time, the process may seem overwhelming. And even if you've bought several homes, every move is different and presents new challenges--times do change.
One clear advantage of having an agent is simply that you don't have to "go it alone". A good agent has the training, the know-how and the experience to help you through each step of the process and to make the process of finding, buying and moving into your home as smooth, quick and enjoyable as possible.
Another advantage is that an agent has valuable sources of information about market trends, neighborhoods and information about the homes for sale throughout the areas that appeal to you. If you look and can't find what you want right away, an agent can deliver up to the minute information of homes like you might want when they comes on the market.
A final advantage is that all of these services come to you free of charge and without obligation.
In the past Realtors always worked for the seller of the home. In recent years the State of Texas passed legislation allowing you to engage a Realtor to work for you exclusively, even though he is paid from proceeds of the sale. He is called a Buyer's Agent. There is no direct cost to the buyer to hire a Buyer's Agent. This allows you operate on an equal footing with The Seller who has his own agent working for him, or if he is selling it himself he isnot looking after your interests.
Next Chapter: Where do I begin the process of looking for a home?