Assemble your real estate A-team

Traits to look for in a buyer's agent, mortgage broker

It has always been important to assemble a top-notch team of real estate professionals to assist you with a home purchase. Today, it’s more important than ever.

One of the key players on your team is the real estate agent who will represent you and guide you through the process to a successful closing. The other is the mortgage broker or loan agent who will arrange financing for you unless you are paying all cash.

The Internet is a great resource for getting started on your home search and gaining general information about the market, past sale prices, active listings and local neighborhoods. However, the home-sale market is extremely localized. Neighborhoods within blocks of one another can have different pricing structures and demand levels.