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No matter if you're looking at buying a home in Asia or are looking halfway around the world, this is a complicated process from both sides and most people could use a little help from an expert. There are thousands of real estate agents working throughout the world and before you hire one to help you sell your home or find your dream property you should take some time to know exactly what they do for their commission and what you can expect of them.
The first thing that you should know about how real estate agents work is that in most of the world they only receive commission from sellers. That means if you're looking for a townhouse or a condominium for example, you shouldn't hesitate to get their help. It will cost you nothing to have them help you narrow down your choices and book showings with some potential properties. Real estate agents are willing to show you properties for free because they need buyers for them to be able to sell the properties that they do get commission on. Most agents work together to help each other sell homes as quickly as possible.
When you're selling, you want your real estate agent to be an expert in the area where you are marketing a home. This is because one of the most important things that your local or Richmond Hill real estate agents are going to do for you is to advise you on the right selling price and what you need to do to make your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Don't hire an agent unless you trust their opinion and are willing to at least consider all of their advice. They can't help you if you are fighting everything that they are suggesting all the time.
Another thing every good agent should do is be available for potential buyers when it comes to booking showings and answering questions. One of the best things about getting the help of an agent instead of doing all of the work on your own, is that they are going to make time to market your home that you might not be able to spare. They should always be easy to contact and should know all of the details about your properties and your schedule. That way they can work around it when booking showings and open houses.
The last thing that your agent will need to do is get the word out about your home in the local market. You will want a local real estate agent who knows how to create a great online MLS listing and one that advertises often and well. These are the things that are most going to be worth their commission fees.