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Hello, we have just started looking for a place. I have heard that one needs to fix a broker to buy a house. Is it possible to first meet with several of them first to know who will suits us and then go for one? But it may require at least meeting several of them first. What's the best way to do it without offending anyone? Also, how we know or make sure if he/she is a buyer's agent?
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February 05 2011 - Charlotte
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Good afternoon HomeInCharlotte

Great question. I would recommend the following:

Calling or emailing several agents. Ask the following questions:

1. How long have you been selling in this price range & area?
2. What is your sales history?
3. What is your typical percentage you negotiate off list price?
4. Once we are under contract what can I expect?
5. Will you be at closing, walk-through, inspections, etc.

Asking questions is the most important step. You need to find an agent that is qualified (my wife and I over 400 sales in the past 5 years), heavy negotiation skills (most important part), and knowledgeable on the closing process (knows how to handle issues as they arrive).

You need an agent that would be able to make this process fun vs a job.

Don't be afraid to offend an agent. In all honesty if you find an agent that gets offended when you don't select him/her it was not a right fit. Most agents know and understand this is a profession and we need to act as as such.  I hope this information helps, Nick
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April 16 2011
Hello there.
It is different here than in other countries, like England etc. It does help for you to get a good Realtor to help you purchase a home. I have several wonderful realtors in Charlotte I can refer you to. click on my name and email me for their names. Another good way of finding a broker is go to Open Houses, and meet Realtors that way, please, please be cautious of giving out any information about how much you want to spend etc until you are under a 'buyers agreement ' with a Realtor. Alright?
Good luck to you, and thank you
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March 20 2011
There are some great questions! You are definitely going to want a realtor/broker that you feel comfortable with.  I would first go with finding ones with a high level of experience and knowledge in the local area, they are going to be a great asset to you when you are looking to buy.  Try searching online or here on zillow, you should be able to find some to contact.  I know of a couple in your area, if not-call me and I can give you a referral to someone in your area. 
A few things to ask when meeting one, is how long they have been a realtor and do they specialize in working with buyers or are they a listing agent.
Good luck!
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March 17 2011
Answer to question #1 is yes!

Answer to question #2 is set up separate appointments and let each know they're competing for the opportunity to work with you.

Answer to question #3 is ask for proof of their certification as a Buyer's agent.
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March 17 2011
Good morning and Happy St. Patty's Day!  I have no problems meeting with you guys.  I believe you should shop your Realtor as you shop for other things.  There has to be a great fit...for both parties involved.  Make sure you do the following:

  -Check their Zillow reviews
  -Check out their Zillow Profile, for contributions
  -Check out their personal website and IDX (home searching link).  It   should be easy to navigate through.
  -When you meet with them...quiz them so to speak 

Think of it as a job interview.  They should be professional, knowledgeable, trustworthy, friendly...above all, stick to your gut.

Good luck and let me know if there is anything you need. 
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March 17 2011
Do just that.. shop around and find the person the works best for you.
How do you know -- who's going to be best.. typically on these calls agents are going to try to sell themselves, and what they do and know.  I would pick the agent that left me thinking -- "WOW, that was profound"  This guy or gal  really knows what they are talking about.  You might even line up a list of questions for the "interviews".
How many homes have you bought and sold for yourself?  Would you have done anything differently with these purchases?  How long have you been in business here in town?  How well do you know the area of the homes that I might be interested in?  What are your expectations of your clients?
Then tell them what you expect of them.. and go from there.
Best of luck

Greg B.
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February 25 2011
It's possible to meet several, tell them you're shopping around, ask what they can do.  You call a few first, see how prepared they are when you meet and how comfortable you are with them.  I caution against taking advice from friend unless your personality is exactly like the friend- what you appreciate in a good broker and what they appreciated might not be the same thing.  So in those cases, an interview is still a good idea.
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February 06 2011

Word of mouth is great advertising for agents and you can find several thru recommendations of your friends and family. Meeting with them will help in your decision as to whom you feel most comfortable and confident with to act in your behalf. Do not worry about offending anyone.

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February 06 2011
I would suggest that you ask friends, family, and co-workers if they can refer you to a good agent. If that doesn't work call around and interview around 3-4 agents. I would say that 99% of agents still in the business today are buyer's agent in this market.
You can also go to the directory on Zillow's site, decide what area you are intrested in and find an agent that specializes in that area.
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February 06 2011
Interview at least three agents.  Ask them how they will help you establish your home search criteria.  Provide them with not only what you need in a house but what you need in a community, whether a house of worship nearby or schools are important.  Do you want to be near shopping or in the country.  Prepare the questions in writing and present all agents with the exact same questions.  You must compare apples with apples.  Do not assume because an agent's personality is terrific that he/she will be the perfect agent for you.  Base your decision on the tools they provide to help you with your search, ie Listingbook or an equivalent in your area that is linked with your local MLS.  You don't want to waste time looking at homes that are in the wrong area or do not meet your needs. 

Next make sure they have the experience with contracts, inspections, deadlines, financing, closing, HUD statements, etc.  Because finding the house  is the easy part - getting it to closing is where the agent will show whether or not you selected the right one.

Good luck.
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February 06 2011
If you are looking for a Broker the best way to find one is through recommendation, However if that is not an option you may want to as one of the previous replies mentioned go to open houses look to look for an for an agent. With lending it's best to go to a broker thsat has a number of products they can choose from for you. Mortgage brokers deal with multiple lenders and have a mutual interest in you getting a loan. that being said before you commit to anything in writing make sure that the broker is reputable. You can try this site to find a Buyer broker in your area [Content removed by moderator]
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February 06 2011

Prior to intervieiwing a Real Estate Broker you do need to find a good loan officer. You may want to talk to a few get a reccommendation and get preapproved prior to finding an agent to work with. You might ask around the office where you work to see who folks in your office may have worked with. You do not necessarily need some one that is only a buyers agent, you need to work with someone that each of you feel comfortable with the other. Best wishes in your search for the right agent for you!

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February 06 2011
You may also choose to get pre-qualified by consulting a Lender.  Naturally, I recommend a mortgage broker that may have the ability to originate a loan with a variety of Lenders. This way you will know how much home you can afford and you will be mortgage ready so that you would be able to close quickly; a very attractive feature for many of today's sellers, imo. 
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February 06 2011
Hi there, you should call several real estate offices and ask to speak to a Realtor. Interview them. Also go to several open houses of homes you might be interested in and while there speak with the realtor. You don't need to tell them you are looking to purchase, just find our  how your personalities meld.Feel free to email me , click on my name, for recommendations for realtors in your area. I know several good ones. I dont think its necessary to have someone who is a 'buyers' agent, in North Carolina, we have contracts that once signed make us your 'buyers' agent. Just make sure you don't disclose financial details prior to your signing.
How exciting for you to be looking for  a new home!
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