Real estate agents are clearly the most influential persons in every real estate transaction and their power is not reserved for buyers and sellers -- it extends to all professionals involved. That position of influence becomes magnified in a slower housing market. Everybody is desperate for deals. And, while Realtors typically offer beneficial referrals, consumers should always remember that they have a choice when picking the various players in the home-buying process -- appraisal, credit report, title report, escrow company, mortgage company, etc. These choices often start with the selection of a title company in the standard purchase and sale agreement. This may seem like a "who cares?" decision, but the competition is fierce. How much do title companies want to be the company of choice in your purchase and sale agreement, commonly known as an earnest money agreement? A few years ago a title insurance company offered to furnish a real estate broker's office i...
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