I would strongly recommend you work with a buyer's agent, as they will be representing you as the client and not working for the seller. You may want to interview several until you find one that you feel comfortable with. An easy way to meet realtors is to visit Open Houses. It is embarassing for me as a realtor, to see questions like this and statements like "how often realtors lie". It's sad that a few bad apples can ruin the reputations of many of us who are hard working professionals, living by the Code of Ethics. I'm sorry for your negative experiences and hope that things improve for you and that you find a home soon.
Here are a few questions when deciding whether a realtor is right for you that I pulled from our CAMoves website:
Since most people spend a fair amount of time with their Realtor, it's important to choose a Realtor you feel comfortable with, and one who is responsive to your needs. The following questions will help you decide if a particular Realtor is right for you:
•Do they return your phone calls?
•Do they ask you questions to determine what you want/need in a house?
•Do they perform a financial analysis to help you determine how much you can afford?
•Do they explain things clearly?
•Do they suggest financing methods?
•Do they seem knowledgeable about the community?
•Do you feel comfortable spending time with them?
Good Luck! Cynthia :)... more
I would contact the manufacturer and ask the question. I have seen historic homes lifted off their foundations and moved, but I am not sure what effect it has on the structural integrity of the building. The manufacturer should be able to guide you.... more