Editor's note: In this three-part series, brokers and agents share tips and insight on approaching buyer and seller standoffs and ways professionals can keep a transaction moving in a slowing real estate market. (Read Part 1 and Part 2.) Salesperson, psychologist, accountant, chauffeur, diplomat, photographer, videographer, customer service representative, landscaping consultant, handyperson, interior decorator -- these are among the hats that real estate agents can wear in the course of a single transaction. In addition to starring in these various roles, agents can invest a heap of time, energy and money to sell a client's home or to help a client find a home. Sometimes deals fall through and agents don't get a dime in return. Clients can fire their agents and walk away from the ma...
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