I note from your profile that you are an agent in New Jersey since 1986. I must say that I do find it a bit peculiar with that much experience that you would require an answer to the question and post it on the public forum in the town where you are an agent as opposed to posting it in agent to agent.
Do you suggest that your buyers work with agents other than you when buying a home?
Gina Chirico ,Sales Associate
Your agent does a lot more than just help you to find a house. See this recent blog entry to clarify what your agent should be doing for you:
As Ian said so well, interview well and pick the best; then work with that person exclusively for the best result for you.
They can assits you in getting prequailified for a oan, providing listings sheets on potential homes, showimg you the homes you want to see, assisting you with negotiations, getting you teh best deal on price and terms, assisting you with the home inspection, appraisal and closing the loan.
The service of one agent giving their all, is worth more than 10 agents each giving you 10%.
Ian's response was very well-said. You should engage a REALTOR who is familiar with the area you are looking for a home. Ask your friends and family if they know of anyone they would recommend. Then look for testimonials that agent has received.
Using one agent is always best - that way there is no confusion and the chosen agent will work very hard for you. If there are multiple agents, they woulc be conflicted and quite frankly, may not want to work with you.
Best of luck,
Broker / Owner & Certified HAFA Specialist
Thom Colby Properties
Newport Beach, CA
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