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Diamond Certified Experts: Dispelling Real Estate Myths

When it comes to buying or selling a home, a realtor’s guidance is crucial for avoiding common mistakes and misconceptions. Photo: Bob & Berta Bower – Alain Pinel Realtors (2016)

To the uninitiated, the real estate industry can be complex and confusing, which is why it’s common for first-time buyers and sellers to have ill-founded notions or unrealistic expectations. So, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to set the record straight about some prevalent real estate myths.

Myth #1: You should only buy a home under certain market conditions.
Michele Replogle – David Lyng Real Estate
As a realtor, my clients often ask me if it’s a good time to buy or sell a home, depending on the current state of the housing market. My typical response is it depends what you want to do. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Dispelling Real Estate Myths” »

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Frequently Asked Questions about Real Estate Agents

Ready to dive into the deep waters of Bay Area real estate? Your first (and possibly most important) step is finding a guide, helpmate, champion and problem-solver: your real estate agent. Not sure where to start? Read on…

What does a real estate agent do?
What is the difference between a real estate agent, a Realtor® and a real estate broker?
Do I need a real estate agent?
How do I find a real estate agent?
How does a real estate agent get paid?
What are some of the qualities I should look for in a real estate agent? Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions about Real Estate Agents” »

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Realty and Reputability: The Importance of Choosing a Dependable Agent

If a real estate agent’s promises seem too good to be true, they probably are. Photo: J.R. Rouse, Broker Associate Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

If a real estate agent’s promises seem too good to be true, they probably are. Photo: J.R. Rouse, Broker Associate Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

While it’s not uncommon for real estate agents to offer client incentives or reduced commission rates, there’s a point where an overabundance of promises should be considered a red flag. Tori Atwell, broker associate with Alain Pinel Realtors, gives a true life example: “I had clients who returned after spending seven months working with a ‘discount’ agent. The agent enticed them by offering to give them most of his commission. Seven months later, they weren’t any nearer to getting a home, and they missed out on numerous opportunities. Continue reading “Realty and Reputability: The Importance of Choosing a Dependable Agent” »

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Picking the Right Real Estate Agent

There’s an abundance of information involved in any real estate deal, so it’s important that your agent is able to effectively communicate, explain the details of the process and answer any questions you may have. Ideally, you should be able to communicate on the same level and fully understand all the information that’s being presented to you.

Experience is also an important factor to consider when hiring a real estate agent. Relatively new agents may bring enthusiasm and other positive attributes, but if they haven’t completed at least 30 deals, they should be working closely with a veteran agent.

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