Back in the days when I bought homes to fix up and flip, I thought I knew everything about real estate. In retrospect, I knew the bare basics because I lived in a state where I knew little about local real estate, much less statewide, and because I wasn't actively practicing representation during those flipper years. Not at all like my crazy life as a listing agent today.
I shudder to imagine how many buyers think they know what they are doing because they've done it once or twice or they watched somebody else do it. How hard can it be, they wonder? And then they find out the hard way, it's pretty hard.
Not only that, but there are not an enormous amount of excellent buyer's agents running around. It can take a buyer a bit of time to find one of those guys. I see them from the other side of the fence during transactions. When I spot superstars on the rise, I make sure they realize how special they are. It is never a bad thing to offer encouragement to the selling side.
You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Sacramento Home Buyers Need Agents to Represent Them.
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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.
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