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A real estate myth: Your agent is qualified posted by RJ Aug 23, 2007


There is undoubtedly a time and a place for agents when purchasing real estate. Maybe you don't know anything about real estate, or anything about buying things, or anything about anything. Getting an agent who does can certainly ease the frustrations of life.

But don't for a minute buy the baloney that your agent knows anything about anything either. Sometimes, they know about something, and maybe it's even something that's useful to your situation, like pricing and geography, but other times they simply don't know anything. For instance, I once had a guy who told me to buy a house in the Ural's since it was close to Asia. Right - like I care about Asia. Even if I did eat rice or wear silk, the roving Cossacks make the region too dangerous for habitation. Any agent worth his/her salt should know that, but this one didn't. Idiot.

The thinking goes that if you hire an expert, they know something about what they're talking about. It's important to question your supposed expert before hiring them to see if they really do. Pick up a book at the local library and ask them some questions on topics from the index. If they seem to know the answers, try some harder ones, and then maybe a word problem or two. The satisfaction of knowing that your agent is qualified will give you better piece of mind and help you find a better place to buy.

What this has to do with web design I simply can't tell you.

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