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					A real estate agent can either be a buyer's agent or a seller's or listing agent, depending
on their client's need. Although a single agent may list property for sale and also work
with buyers, each role will be a little different. To understand why you need a real
estate agent and what your agent should do for you, let's take a look at each agent
type.
  Buyer's Real Estate Agent
  When you're ready to buy a home, getting help from a real estate agent will expedite
your search. Your buyer's agent represents your interest during the entire real estate
transaction and will work hard to make sure you get the best bang for your mortgage
buck.
  Your realtor is an absolute asset when it comes to researching available homes for
sale. She should have geographic knowledge and neighborhood familiarity, along with
school information and other insider info. He will also have a network of related
professionals to assist you in completing your real estate transaction, including
mortgage lenders, title companies and inspectors.
  When you are ready to make an offer on a home, your realtor will generate the
paperwork to present to the seller and will negotiate on your behalf until you are
either satisfied with the terms of the sale or are ready to continue looking.
  Once your offer is accepted, your real estate agent will help navigate each step in the
closing process. If you weren't pre-qualified for a home loan, she will also work with
you to gather the necessary elements to obtain a mortgage.
  In short, your buyer's agent will walk you through each step of the buying process
while handling more details that you could ever imagine.
  Seller's Real Estate Agent
  When you're ready to sell your home, finding a listing agent is the first step toward
success. Your listing agent will evaluate the market and help you price your home
accordingly. He will also make suggestions for improving the exterior and interior of
your home to make it more appealing and saleable.
  Your agent will list your home for sale on the Multiple Listing Service and get the
word out about your home to other agents. She may hold an open house for other
agents and host events to attract potential buyers. Like a buyer's agent, your seller's
agent should have neighborhood familiarity, school information and other insider info
to share with prospects.
  While marketing and selling your home, your realtor will accentuate the positive
aspects of your property and downplay its shortcomings. He will ceaselessly show
your home and stay in constant communication with you. And when an offer is made
on your home, your realtor will provide experienced advice on whether to take the
offer, submit a counter-offer or reject the offer completely.
  When a legitimate offer is made on your home, your real estate agent will show her
true value by negotiating every detail to your advantage. At this point, you should
have enough faith in your agent to trust his recommendations regarding the close of
your sale. And then, put the paperwork in your realtor's hands.
  Although some homeowners do put their house on the market for sale by owner,
paying the associated fees to have a professional realtor handle your sale makes a lot
of sense in today's competitive market.
 The Bottom Line on Real Estate Agents
 As you can see, the role of a buyer's agent and a seller's agent are distinctly different,
yet their paths intersect with each real estate transaction. Whether you are buying or
selling, a professional real estate agent will be your ally from start to finish.
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