Don't rely on agent's choice for loan, title services

In slow market, buyer's best interest may be compromised

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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.