There is no law requiring that you hire a real estate agent to buy a house. But if you want to get the best deal for your home, and find a home that really works for your needs, a realtor can be extremely helpful. Finding a great Realtor is a process that will require some effort on your part, but it is worth it. Interview at least three or four different agents to find someone that you feel comfortable with.
Ask important questions, including:
• How many homes have you sold in the last year?
• How close was the negotiated sale price compared to the sellers asking price?
• Do you have any recent references – clients I could talk to?
• How familiar are you with local schools and neighborhoods in the area?
These questions should give you a better understanding if you are working with a rookie or a top local professional.