Maybe you’re thinking of selling your home on your own, starting the buying process, or even becoming a real estate agent. Regardless, it’s important to understand what a real estate agent does.
First thing is first: money. You may be wondering, “how does a real estate agent get paid?” For the most part, agents don’t get paid until they close a deal. According to realtor.com, “for every hour an agent spends in your presence, he or she will spend an average of nine hours out of eyesight working on your behalf.” That’s a lot of time to make a deal!
Overall, the major roles of a real estate agent are to network, make the selling/buying process smoother, and to stay abreast of industry trends.
Whether you are buying or selling, a good real estate agent should have your interests at best and have some solid negotiation skills. But there are some specific characteristics for what an agent does when buying and when selling.