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Hiring a Realtor in Austin

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why do I need a real estate agent?

Selling or buying a home is probably one of the most significant financial transactions you will undertake, and not one you want to do without a seasoned expert in your corner. With so many intricacies associated with a real estate transaction, and with so much of your money at stake, it’s important to have an expert helping you every step of the way.

How do I know if I should sell my home?

A number of factors should be weighed when deciding if it’s time to sell your home. Do you have a good amount of equity in the home? That is, is your home worth more than what you owe on it? Are you financially healthy? Do you need a home that suits your lifestyle better — bigger or smaller, depending on where you are in life? Are you emotionally ready to sell?

How do I know if I should buy a home?

Buying a home is truly a lifestyle decision. Do you want to take part in the American dream of home ownership, complete with tax benefits and appreciation, or do you want the flexibility of renting. You might also consider buying a home if you desire more space, a yard, or the convenience of city living.

What are commission fees and why are they charged?

Commission fees are fees paid to the real estate agents involved in the transaction of selling and buying homes as payment for the services they render. These fees are negotiable and typically, but not always, are paid by the seller to both the seller’s agent and to the buyer’s agent.

I would like an estimate on my home's worth. How can I do that?

An experienced real estate agent is the best person to work with to determine the value of your home. He or she will consider comparable properties in the neighborhood, as well as a number of other factors.

I need help fixing up my home; where do I go?

Your Realtor should have a list of resources you can turn to for various home repair tasks.

What if I need help with my home after I buy?

Top experienced real estate agents are extremely well connected with the local community, and they will be able to put you in touch with the right service company to get you the help you need.

What does it mean to invest in real estate?

In many areas of the country, purchasing a piece of property is a good way to create wealth, as real estate values steadily increase. So, in those areas, where home value appreciation is a solid bet, you might want to purchase properties that you hang on to for several years and then sell for a profit. While you own the property, you’ll collect lease payments that offset your mortgage payments on the property.