It is important that you deal with a real estate agent who is an "on site specialist." Many states allow technically licensed real estate agents to conduct real estate transactions anywhere in the state. However, top local estate agents will be familiar with local sales practices.
Property transfer taxes vary depending on your location and the country you are responsible for paying. In some places it may be a different practice to separate city and county taxes when transferring ownership. You want to make sure that you work with an agent who is familiar with local customs to avoid unnecessary fees.
In addition to all these duties, modern real estate agents must be and remain trusted in how to use technology successfully. Social media and the internet have changed the way people search for housing, the way agents sell real estate, and the way they market their own real estate business. To be and remain successful in real estate, brokers must be able to use modern communication and marketing tools successfully.
Perhaps the greatest opportunity (and challenge) for a realtor is to successfully represent a client's best interests, whether that be in negotiations to buy or sell a home. The broker is not only a negotiator, but also a disciplined diplomat engaged in the complex waters of real estate transactions.
Think about how many questions you would ask your nearest agent (whether to buy or sell) and what information you would expect from that agent. Realtors do a lot to provide you with value-added services before, during, and after the sale or purchase of your home.