|Seller's Agent||Exclusive Buyer's Agent|
|Can show you all the homes in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service).||Will show you all the homes in the MLS, For Sale By Owner properties, foreclosures, even properties that are not on the market!|
|Can tell you the price the seller's are asking for homes but cannot suggest an offering price.||Will calculate the fair market value of the home for you, and assist you in developing an offering price by using comparable sales data.|
|Can provide "raw" information on comparable homes that have sold in the area. Not allowed to interpret that data for you.||Will provide and interpret information on comparable homes that have sold in the area and help you formulate an offering price and negotiating strategy.|
|Can convey your offer to the seller or their agent and convey their response back to you.||Will negotiate on your behalf through the entire home buying process offering advice and information every step of the way!|
|Can provide you with a "list" of title companies, home inspectors, and other professionals for you to choose from but cannot recommend any particular company or professional.||Will recommend title companies, inspectors, and other professional services you will need!|
|May tell you some general information about the seller.||Can tell you everything they can find out about the seller and their motivation for selling!|
|Must tell the seller everything they know about you, your financial status, and your motivation for buying.||Will keep any information about you confidential if it would weaken your negotiating position!|
|"Thinks" in Seller's terms (i.e.: Get the highest price possible for the home)||"Thinks" in Buyer's terms (i.e.: Get the lowest possible price and best terms for the Buyer, not the Seller).|
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Economic Stability-A declining employment rate in a area spells trouble for the future resale possibilities of a home.
Community Pride-How well is the community maintained? Is there litter in the streets and lawns that are obviously not cared for properly?
Municipal Services-Is there a public library and how well is it stocked? What are the crime statistics? Is the police force effective and responsive to community needs? Are fire stations located nearby so that they also can respond quickly in an emergency? Does the city have well maintained and parks? Community events, such as an annual parade? Are there activities available for all ages from children through senior citizens?
A good real estate agent will have amassed a wealth of information on these subjects.
Schools-Even if you don't have children or your children are grown and gone from home, schools are very important. They reflect the community's willingness to invest in it's future by providing a quality education for their children. Check to see how local students score on the standardized tests. You can ask your agent about these things, and there are also school reports available for free on the Internet. You can also obtain the phone number of the local school district and check with them yourself.
Property Taxes-While we all like to see lower property taxes, as some point they can be too low and not provide enough money for the city to provide proper services for their residents. While you do not want to live in a community that taxes it's homeowners excessively, it is important to strike a balance between taxes and quality of infrastructure (streets, sewers, water supply).