Great article in the Washington Post on “why you need a realtor”


How to hunt for the right real estate agent before hunting for a home

By Michele Lerner, Published: February 20 | Updated: Friday, February 21, 7:15 AM

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What to ask your potential real estate agent

  • How long have you been in business? How many transactions did you have last year?
  • Are you experienced working with first-time home buyers? Can you explain the buying process?
  • Can you tell me about state, local and federal programs for first-time home buyers?
  • What neighborhoods do you specialize in?
  • What price range do you usually work in?
  • Can you provide me with a list of references?
  • What is the fastest way for me to reach you if I have a question or think I have found a home to buy?
  • How often should I expect to hear from you while I am looking for a home?
  • Will you be able to give me advice about future home maintenance or improvement projects that could help my house retain its value?