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How to select a realtor, and how many should I engage?

As a buyer, what is the best way to select a realtor in an unfamiliar city? Also, is it beneficial to work with a single realtor, or should we set appointments with two or more? [more inside]
posted by elf27 on Aug 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Where to do (online) real estate training?

I'm going to get my real estate broker license and want to take the required class hours online (90 for WA state). There are a number of sites that offer the classes, however none have impressed me in the least. Is there something out there I just haven't found? [more inside]
posted by shawnmk on May 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Am I supposed to give my realtor a gift?

I'm in the process of buying a townhouse (close in a few days). A friend who referred my realtor to me mentioned in passing that she gave my realtor a bottle of wine at closing as a thank you gift. Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2014 - 27 answers

Can I pay a realtor to help me find a house to rent in a rural town?

I am moving to a city of 10,000 people in rural America (and across the country from the city that I live now). After months of using Trulia and other online tools, it has become clear to me that I need the help of a local realtor to show me around and help me find a house to rent. There is just so few rental listing online. However, I don't understand how compensation works in that situation. Do I pay them a commission if they find me a place? Does the homeowner?
posted by Spurious on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Getting realtors' help on a very thorough apartment search

I'm apartment hunting and it's really important for me to get a great apartment that satisfies all my requirements. Being comfortable in my home is crucial to my quality of life. So, I'm willing to put lots of time into my search, by seeing many apartments (more than would be usual) and spending a good amount of time looking at each one. I'm looking at fairly high-end places. The issue is that I don't want to wear out the realtors' patience. There are only a few realtors in my area, and they need to accompany me on each visit. They are showing me these apartments for free, since they only make money once I sign a lease. I want to make it worth their while so they don't get frustrated or impatient when I keep asking to see new apartments. I'm happy to pay them for their time, but don't know if that would be a good thing to suggest. Or maybe give them gifts to show my appreciation? Any advice would be welcomed.
posted by ElEmigrante on Apr 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Tips for auditioning a real estate buyer's broker

My wife and I will be sitting down with a real estate buyer's broker over the weekend as we start our home search. The broker would like to represent us exclusively, which I'm not necessarily averse to, but I'd like your recommendations for how to chose a broker to help us be certain she would be the right fit before wasting our time. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Selling My House. Still Living In It. Best Practices?

I've gotten engaged so it's time to sell the bachelor pad (2br/1ba/1k sq ft) and buy a bigger house with the Soon To Be Mrs Toole Box and her kids. Final Jeopardy: I'm still living in it. [more inside]
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box on Feb 27, 2014 - 33 answers

Reasonable expectations for a buyer's agent in a sellers' market?

We're entering our third season of trying to buy a house in a very hot real estate market, and just lost another one. Our agent is a really nice person, but we feel like she's just not doing that much for us. I'd appreciate some thoughts on if our expectations are realistic. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2014 - 25 answers

Community referrals for a Realtor in Saint Paul.

I am assisting family members as they work to move out and sell their condo in Saint Paul, MN. We are looking for a local, reputable Realtor to manage the selling process. Can any MeFites provide a firsthand referral for a Realtor you had an excellent experience using? Also, what dangers or warning signs should we look out for as we navigate this process?
posted by BigLankyBastard on Dec 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Are there additional "non-traditional" ways to market a house for sale?

I have a relative attempting to sell her house in Vermont. She has a realtor but finding an appropriate buyer is going to be tricky for a number of reasons. Are there any good "alternative" ways to market a house above and beyond what the realtor is doing? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Aug 13, 2013 - 10 answers

What happens when you fire your realtor while under contract?

Our buyer's agent isn't working out. We are under contract, currently in the home-inspection-contingency phase. What happens if we fire him and get another agent? How do the agents involved divide the commission? Will another agent be willing to represent us for what is presumably a reduced commission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2013 - 17 answers

What to expect when meeting with a realtor?

Apparently we're going to buy a house, and that necessitates finding a buyers agent. I'm in the process of setting up meetings with a few realtors (referrals from friends, ones we've met at open houses, etc.) but I have no idea what to expect from these meetings. What should I ask them? What will they want to know from me? What should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin on May 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Commercial realty - rental - Toronto

I want to rent a retail spot in Toronto to move an already established business into. I know absolutely nothing about commercial realty. Help me get the best deal I can without looking like a moron... [more inside]
posted by dobbs on May 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Regional pronunciation of the word "realtor" with added vowel

A coworker asserts that there is a regional prevalence to the pronunciation of the word "realtor" by adding a vowel between the l and the t, and I want to know more about that pronunciation. [more inside]
posted by tarheelcoxn on Mar 19, 2013 - 51 answers

How does one buy a house in a semi complicated situation?

Fell in love with a house. Currently own a house. Want to grab this potential house fast yet as of today, didn't prequalify yet, didn't put up current house for sale, don't have a broker to look for mortgages, etc. I have bonds to cash in for a down payment on the next house but just don't know how to get the ball rolling so fast. What steps do I need to take to make sure I'm not getting over my head too fast? I'm bad with change (esp. involving money) and am freaking out on what to do, how much to cash in, were to find a broker, etc. Anything I need to know regarding selling? My home is my first home (been there 11 years). Worse case scenario, will probably break even with sale. I have zero clue if a seller is responsible for closing costs on both houses, just the one we're buying or selling, what percentage does a realtor get? Do I have to pay the realtor who showed the new house? The potential house is absolutely perfect and don't want to lose it with the process taking up time. But also feel odd making such a huge move, so fast, when current house didn't sell. Do banks look bad upon 2 temporary mortgages? This is only going under my name so I'm freaking about 2 mortgages along with other costs for moving, living, etc.
posted by stormpooper on Feb 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Looking for a rental agent in San Francisco

I am looking for a rental agent in San Francisco, but I'm confused about how they work. I am looking for the equivalent of a realtor -- someone who has access to all the listings, and will show me various properties (regardless of who owns them) until I find one I like. Does this exist for renting, and do you have any recommendations for someone who does this work? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jan 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Venus Fly Trapdoor

My friends and I are looking to move into this new place, and I can't help but feel there's something odd about the couple we're renting from... [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Jul 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Work hard for your money.

Help resolve issues we're having with our realtor. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jun 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Sell our House or Not? We are at an impasse, HELP!

Sell our House or Not? We are at an impasse, HELP! Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Apr 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Help us sell our house!

To self-list or not not self-list ... this is the question. Do we list by ourselves thru a discount broker on MLS and use an realtor to help us find a new house or do we go ahead and list thru a standard broker that will do both and pay them the extra % in commission. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Sep 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Recommend a great Atlanta real estate agent.

Recommend a great realtor in Atlanta. Difficulty: I want an old, cheap house. [more inside]
posted by Violet Hour on Sep 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Switching mid pitch

New listing agent doesn't want to present our offer until his client has had the opportunity to go back to the bank and then maybe submit an offer next week. Our offer expires tomorrow night and our realtor has reminded him so. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Aug 19, 2011 - 21 answers

My parents' realtor wants to sell their house to her son. Conflict? How big of a problem?

Realty-Ethics Filter - My parents are selling their house in California. Their realtor presented an offer, from her son and daughter-in-law. I understand it is legal in California for a realtor to represent buyer and seller both, but this seems like a particularly acute conflict of interest. Advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by stewieandthedude on Aug 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Realtor in Fairfield County, CT

I am moving with my family from Texas to Connecticut in early September and need some assistance finding housing. Can anyone recommend a good realtor in Fairfield County, particularly for looking at rental houses? Given our short time frame, we are especially looking for someone who is proactive and can spend a lot of time with us over a few days.
posted by monju_bosatsu on Aug 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Will not signing an addendum jeopardize the purchase of my house?

Is it normal for an escrow company to request addition of an addendum AFTER all the papers have been signed but before officially closing? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Aug 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Dysfunctional potential homebuyers

We've outgrown our living space, but despite having the cash and flexibility to move tomorrow, are apparently unable to do so. Lengthy ridiculous details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 - 50 answers

What should I expect from a realtor?

What, exactly, should my realtor be doing? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on May 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Unemployment benefits for the Realtor?

What happens to my Illinois Unemployment benefits once I get my first commission as a Realtor? Am I SOL? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Advice for finding good sublet->rental on E/F train in manhattan.

NYC Realestate filter. Best ways to find an apartment sublet this August, and then a rental. Must be on the E/F subway line. Questions about subletting/renting -> Clinton/MidtownEast/LIC-queens neighborhoods follow. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on May 6, 2011 - 1 answer

Questions for realtor when you're renting a home going up on the market?

What questions should we ask the realtor who will be selling the house we are renting? [more inside]
posted by BlooPen on Jan 20, 2011 - 19 answers

How much rent should I pay on a house that costs $210,000 to buy?

I'd like to rent a house that I'd eventually like to buy, but I don't know how much to offer. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Dec 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Sorry guys, I have to be up in the morning!

How do I go apartment shopping in a small town? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Oct 9, 2010 - 10 answers

Do I need my realtor for closing, or is she extraneous at this point?

We are about to close on a new property. The loan is set; all systems are go, but my realtor just called to say that she can't make the closing date because she's been invited to some shindig in another state and wants to know if we can change it. Do we need her there for anything? [more inside]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet on Sep 14, 2010 - 23 answers

How to sell an inheritaed house?

What's the best way to get this 100-year-old house marketed and sold without it becoming the money pit first? Oh, and I'm 1,500 miles away. [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Sep 6, 2010 - 9 answers

First time home seller jitters

How should we prepare to meet with a realtor to sell a home? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian on Jul 26, 2010 - 8 answers

CRM solution for a Realtor?

What are good choices for lead management/CRM solutions for Realtors? Something that can be integrated with a Realtor's website (in terms of lead capture, etc.) would be preferable, especially if it can work with Drupal. I'm asking as part of a web design/marketing team that may work with a Realtor soon.
posted by entropic on Jun 8, 2010 - 4 answers

Realtors, why?

Realtors, why? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Apr 10, 2010 - 36 answers

finding a good realtor in SF

How can I find a good realtor in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Jan 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Let's sell our house without getting screwed.

Should my aunt also be my realtor? [more inside]
posted by chihiro on Jan 29, 2010 - 21 answers

No one wants to buy a house next to a burned out property.

How can we sell our house, when everyone is scared off by the vacant burned house next door? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Nov 17, 2009 - 9 answers

This indecision's bugging me....

I've got some doubts about our current SoCal real estate agent. At first, there didn't seem to be a problem. But recent events have made me wonder if we're wasting his time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Need help finding a realtor in Olympia WA

Seeking recommendations for realtors in Olympia, WA. Failing that, seeking suggestions for how to find a good realtor if you don't know many people locally to ask. [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison on Jul 21, 2009 - 1 answer

Take my house. Please!

How do we sell a house in the U.S. from abroad ASAP? [more inside]
posted by alopez on Jul 14, 2009 - 9 answers

How do we get our realtor to talk?

In January we moved across the country and put our house on the market. Our realtor is a friend of the family. I had misgivings about using a friend, but, he has helped us a lot in the last few years and I felt we should go with him. Since January he has contacted us twice, once to tell us about an open house and another time to ask a few questions from potential buyers. I email him about once a month and usually have to wait 2 - 3 days for a response. Often the response does not address our questions. Instead we get a brief personal greeting followed by what feels like a form response. I want to address his lack of communication, but, as this is the first time I've sold a house, I don't know what is reasonable to expect from a realtor. What level of communication is reasonable to expect given our location/situation?
posted by a22lamia on Jun 8, 2009 - 21 answers

Thoughts on REO Offer Situation?

We've been waiting a week for a response to our offer on an REO (foreclosure) property. Today we got a bank addendum.. [more inside]
posted by yarrr on Mar 27, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I bought house?

Help us start to look for a house? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Feb 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Realtors, who needs 'em?

We're considering purchasing a home by ourselves, without using a buyer's agent. General pros/cons? And if it's possible to save on commissions by doing this, how should we introduce that idea into the process? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Feb 18, 2009 - 19 answers

Fed up with buying our first house!

What are our options in closing on our first home? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on Jan 23, 2009 - 10 answers

I'm cute, buy the house

Why do realtor often put their picture on "for sale" sign?
posted by racingjs on Dec 10, 2008 - 20 answers

Where can I find the best real estate data?

I want some serious, hardcore real estate data so that I can analyze what's really happening with the market in my area. Obviously, realtors have access to this local data, but the general public has no way to get at it. Does anyone know of any workarounds or resources that make this info available to the general public? [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g on May 1, 2008 - 11 answers

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