The listing agent is literally the agent who is representing the seller of a property. A "premier" agent paid this website for leads and advertising. That designation means nothing.
I wouldn't call either of them. I'd seek out recommendations from friends and family who have bought or sold in the last couple of years. You want to find your own buyer's agent to represent your interests. It's not in your best interests for your first contact to be with the listing agent.... more
Whether or not a seller would rent out a home depends on a few things Samantha.
First, what is the seller's motivation for selling? Are they trying to get out from beneath, relocating, trading up or down? Do they have to sell or just want to.
Second, will their financing situation allow them to rent? Can they qualify for another mortgage while holding on to the one they are renting to you? Can they get enough for rent to offset the mortgage and put a little away to make it worth while to take on the risk of renting?
Third, do they want to be a landlord and deal with repairs, possible late payments, maintenance emergencies and the costs associated with finding a qualified renter through an agent or management company?
Lastly, are you well qualified to rent someone else's largest investment?
Ultimately, the only way to find out is pick up the phone and either call the seller (FSBO), call the listing agent (who is usually well in tune to the seller's wishes) or contact an agent to do that for you. Just be aware that REALTORs don't work for free and someone will have to pay the agent's fee which varies from agent to agent.
I hope this helps answer your question. If there is anything else I can answer for you don't hesitate to give me a call or email. Inquiries are free, confidential and obligation free.
Take Care & Happy Hunting!
Jason Duval, CRS, REALTOR, ePRO
Licensed Broker NH & MA
Keller Williams Realty
Jim i saw your other post as well about having the new home you need to sell quickly. I work with banks everyday on situations such as yours, if you need some help with a short sale to get out of the home, please get ahold of me. Either call or email me at email@example.com , i would love the opportunity to be able to help.... more
You have heard some very good answers. First off the 1999 theory is all wet. Kind of like our weather. As well different cities, towns, neighborhoods and even subdivisions will gain more, lose more or retain their value more than other ones. The oldest addage is that something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, in this market theory the more desire and the more people who want to be there, the more value there is to it. If the property meets your needs for your family it is also worth more to you than someone who has different needs. Yes, an appraiser will put a value on a property based on averaging what the 3 most similar homes in a similar area have sold for in the last 3-6 months adding or subtracting for extras. The appraiser is your best guide to what the value of the house is in todays market. There is no secret formula to predict what the value will be next month, next year or in 5 years. But i the house meets your needs and you plan on staying there to raise your family. No matter what the market does, your home is more valuable to you than anyone else. If you are single, can move on a drop of a hat and want to make some money, then be more choosy to find teh steals out there. The most important factor when shopping is location. If you have a good location, your value will always be greater in any market, up or down. Good luck with your purchase.... more