Real Estate Brokers

The number-one vehicle for selling your home

A real estate broker's job is all about hooking up prospective home sellers with prospective home buyers. Their key goal is to help homeowners sell their property for the highest possible amount and under the best possible terms. In return, the real estate broker earns a commission, typically in the 5 or 6 percent range.

When seeking out a potential broker for your real estate, the most important thing to look for is experience. Most real estate brokers in the United States are required by law to be licensed, and to receive this license they most often need to have taken the appropriate course work and also have years of experience working as a real estate seller.

Your broker should be able to offer a wide range of services, including:

  • Analyzing the housing market in your area to give you a good perspective on what you can get for your property
  • Property appraisal, which can give you a full picture of what your house is worth in the current market climate
  • Marketing services to make sure you're getting the proper exposure and attracting the right kind of buyer for your property
  • Property management
  • Auctioning services, should you need them
  • Preparing all contracts and other paperwork

To check out some additional information on finding a broker, check out the following YouTube video:

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Keep in mind that most real estate brokers, even full-service ones, don't offer title search services or housing insurance, so you'll need to look elsewhere for those services.

The real estate broker industry has faced increasing competition from online house-selling services and peer-to-peer auctioning sites. This has caused a downward push on the commission figures for most brokers, to the point where the sector is struggling to attract new salespeople.

When on the hunt for a real estate broker, here are some helpful tips:

  • Talk to your neighbors about which broker they used and find out what kind of service they received.
  • Don't be afraid to ask the brokers themselves for referrals.
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints against the broker that you are potentially going to do business with.
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