How to Get More Out of Your Real Estate Agent

In this article I would like to discuss several tips, tricks, and tactics that you can use to get more out of your real estate agent than you thought was possible.Buying a new home can be difficult under the best of circumstances and sometimes it can be downright impossible. One resource that you have at your disposal is your real estate agent and in many cases most people don’t take advantage of the real estate agent as much as they could or should. In this article I want to give you a few tips that you can use to get the most out of your real estate agent.First, use your agent to find out if the neighborhood is safe. Most agents won’t come right out and tell you whether or not a neighborhood is unsafe because there are some laws involved in what they can and can’t say. Imagine if you your agent told you that your neighborhood was safe and two weeks later you got mugged… you could then sue them probably.You can, however, ask your agent to call the local police department’s community relations officer and ask for a local crime statistics report. These things are public record and your real estate agent can easily track that down for you and relay the information in the report.When you buy a new home, one of the most important things most people are worried about is whether or not the property will increase in value over time. Real estate agents really don’t like to offer opinions about whether a house will increase or decrease in value for obvious reasons. But you can have your agent create a report of the past history of the home as well as the price history of homes in the surrounding area for the last 3 to 5 years. You can also ask them to create a report on the average time it is taken to sell a house. One to two months is usually a good time frame, anything more than that can be a warning sign.You can also ask your agent to create a report on the average difference between the asking price and the selling price of homes in the area within the last few years. And you can also ask your agent to create a report on the mean or average price of homes in the area to see whether it has moved up or down over the last few years.Finally you can use your agent to find out if there are any problems in the house. Half of the states in America are not required by law to provide disclosure statements to buyers letting them know about potential problems, however all the states in America require real estate agents to pass along any information that has been disclosed to them by the seller.So there you have several very simple and quick tricks and tactics and tips that you can use to get more out of your real estate agent than you thought was possible. Buying a home is a major decision for most Americans and the more information you have at your disposal the better off you will be in the long run.