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JÜl = Sl Bob Hefner pnq S. realtor PREAI-. 662-1867 5%rr? MATTERS Í=J How Not to Choose a Realtor In previous columns l've offered suggestions on "How to Choose a Realtor." Now some thoughts on how not to choose an agent. "I know someone who sells real estáte" - a family friend, or the spouse of a co-worker. My advice: Don! rush in. You should evalúate each agent with the same objectivity. Ask yourself if you would feel comfortable dropping the person if things dont work out. WoukJ social politics interfere? "I found mine in the Yellow Pages." Be careful. Most realty companies are one-person firms that are not really set up to sell homes. Instead, they manage rentáis, oversee investment properties, or handle office or industrial space. If you ask these firms, "Can you sell my house?" they're likely to say, "Yes, of courser That's because they might passively earn a commission, simply by listing the home for sale. Later you might leam that they havent sokJ a house in years orthat an agent isni available weekends or evenings, when buyers are most free to look at homes. TH have six agents worklng for me!" Or so you'll think, f you cali the agents for six houses that interest v - mm you. However, if you cali on many agents, you end up at the bottom of each person's prtority list. You get much better service if , after checkVJ ing out several agents, you work exclusively oTfV with one person. -scJé-J If you need help buying or selling a home or j iÊÊÊ other property, give me a cali. Perhaps I can serve you or refer you to a trusted colleague.


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