NEFAR - the local associations for Realtors has some valuable information when selecting a Realtor (see below information and links). With so many Realtors to choose from knowing what you can expect, and what to ask can help you decide. Real Estate has language that can be confusing, but any Realtor should be willing to explain. I know in this market most Realtors are more than willing to educate any buyer. As you can see from all the responses. Finding the right Realtor more often comes down to finding one that you feel comfortable with and that explains things in a way that is clear to you.
Why Use A Realtor
Not every real estate agent or broker is a Realtor. That term and the familiar block "R" logo are trademarked by the National Association of Realtors can legally be used only by those that are Realtor members through their local association of Realtors. http://nefar.com/northeast-florida-realtor.php
1. Your Realtor helps you determine your buying power
2. Your Realtor has many resources to assist you in your home search. Sometimes the type of home or property you want is available but not actively advertised in the market; it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available properties that meet your needs.
3. Your Realtor assists you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property. Agents who are Realtors have access to a variety of informational resources. Realtors can provide local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, etc. There are two things you'll want to know. First, will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?
4. Your Realtor helps you negotiate.
5. Your Realtor provides due diligence during the evaluation of the property.
6. Your Realtor helps you understand different financing options and identify qualified lenders.
7. Your Realtor guides you through the closing process to make sure that everything flows together smoothly
I hope this information helps in your search for your Realtor. Just like the rest of these agents I would love to be one of the Realtors you interview.