Finding appropriate homes and negotiating with sellers is difficult enough. When you're deaf, it becomes even more difficult. Some sellers may think they can take advantage of your deafness to avoid giving you a good price, which makes it extra important that you have a good real estate agent on your side. If you're wondering how to choose an agent or what you can expect your agent to do for you when you're buying or selling real estate, this article should give you the basics.
Real estate agents are the representatives of the buyer or seller who hired them during the transaction process. If you're buying in Oshawa for example, your agent, goes out and finds properties for sale that meet the needs you outlined to them, arranges viewings of the home, negotiates the price with the seller for you, and handles the paperwork for the final closing. If you're a seller, this means your agent will find buyers, show them your home, negotiate with them on the price, and handle the closing paperwork for you. It is also important that when you're moving into your new home that you get a
home inspector to come in and insure that your prospect home meets regulations. We here at DCC2010.com highly recommend the services of Housemaster if you are in the nearby area. They have numerous locations across North America.
What real estate agents will not do is clean, repair, or stage your home for you to make it look more appealing to buyers, though they may be able to give you some advice on this front. Your agent is also not responsible for arranging your mortgage - you will have to apply for banks yourself. You will also need to hire a real estate lawyer to draw up the paperwork and a home inspector to check over the property. Your agent may give you recommendations, but will not do this for you.
There are literally hundreds of Chicago real estate agents out there for example, all of whom want your business. The trick is to find one who has enough time to devote to you (i.e. can answer your calls when you call, finishes tasks in a timely manner) and enough experience to know how best to complete your transaction. If you're deaf, you'll also be looking for someone who is not necessarily fluent in sign language but at least willing to communicate predominately via email and text message.
Most people find their real estate agent through word of mouth - they ask friends who have recently bought or sold houses who they used and whether they would recommend them to you. This is especially important when you're looking for an agent who knows how to communicate with deaf people. If no friends have recommendations, you can ask your local deaf association chapter or interview some candidates you have found advertised locally. Remember: it's less about their record of selling homes and more about whether you feel comfortable with them and confident in their ability.