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´╗┐How To Choose A Real Estate Agent?

The first step is to find a good real estate agent in the area that you are looking to invest in. Look for a local real estate agent where you are now and ask them if they know anyone in the area you are thinking of moving to. If that fails, contact the better business bureau or the local convention and visitors bureau. They may be able to guide you. Once you have located a real estate agent that you want to work with, take the time to meet them in person. Don't be afraid to ask for references and if you are considering purchasing a foreclosure ask what kind of experience they have in dealing with these types of purchases. If you do not like the answers you receive or are in any way uncomfortable, keep looking. Finding the right real estate agent to help you invest in real estate is essential.

Find an agent that is on top of the real estate foreclosure market

No matter how much real estate training the agent has invested in if they do not stay up to date on the latest trends, laws and information they may not be the best real estate agent to help you. The real estate market is changing. Foreclosures are at record levels and house prices are plummeting. Savvy investors are looking for real estate agents who know the foreclosure market inside and out to help them make good decisions that they can profit on. Look for an agent who specializes in foreclosures. Ask them how they can help you purchase a foreclosed property and then ask them why that may or may not be to your best advantage. Do some homework on your own to make sure their knowledge is up to date, keep your skills sharpened and put your real estate agent to work for you. After all, that is what they are being paid to do.

Make sure your chosen real estate agent is licensed

Each state has their own requirements for obtaining a real estate license. Before choosing a real estate agent it is imperative that you make sure their license is up to date and able to be used in the state you will be purchasing property in. Most states require that real estate agents pass a state licensing exam periodically to keep their real estate license endorsement. Choosing an agent that is licensed will tell you that they are interested enough in the job they do and in keeping their clients satisfied to stay up to date on their training as well as fulfill their state's licensing requirements.