Do I need a realtor to buy a house?
Do we need a realtor to do just the paper work?
We're first-time buyer. My husband and I search around online a lot. We've been doing our homework since 10/2008.
I had a realtor a few months ago. We gave her a list of houses we want to see; she just needed to open the doors, contact the selling agents and pass around the message. There was little professional advice on how to make an offer or counter offer.We even knew more about the particular neighborhood than she did.
I want to change a realtor, but I don't know where to find a good one. She was recommened by a freind of mine; we're told she has more than 20 yrs experince.
I just wonder if it is OK for us to contact the selling agent directly. Perhaps we can bargain a lower price since the selling agent doesn't have to split the commission with the buyer agent. On the other hand, I'm afraid the selling agent won't stand on our side...