Don't underestimate the time it takes to buy a home. Even if you work with a top-notch real estate agent, there are myriad details that need to be attended to if you want to make sure that you buy the right house at the right price. While on the subject of working with an agent, don't even consider working with someone you don't trust. Mutual respect and good rapport are necessary elements of a good working relationship with a real estate agent. If the chemistry isn't there, find an agent with whom you feel comfortable. You'll have the best results if you choose your team of real estate professionals carefully--not just your agent, but your mortgage broker or lender, home inspector, attorney and surveyor (in areas where you need them), homeowner's insurance agent, and title and closing off...
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