Directing Tips - What Makes an Interesting Protagonist (Part Four - A Worthy Adversary)
One such decision is buying or selling a house.
Once this decision has been made, it follows that you need someone who can help you and in comes the estate agent.
So how and where does one go looking for one? The Internet is one medium through which you will find a host of brokers and agents.
The other places would be the local publications and the best, of course, by word of mouth, especially if they are referred by someone you know and trust.
But how does one tell whether a particular broker selected by you is going to prove to be the right man for the job? How does one know that after running ads in various news publications, and showing the place to prospective buyers, whether it is going to turn into a sale? One needs to know that the agent you have hired for your job is one who understands your requirement, deals with it in a professional manner and sees the job to its completion.
He must be conversant with the pricing in a given area as well as have a clear idea of the area in which you have shown an interest.
He must have professional qualifications and also have references from previous satisfied customers.
Similarly, given the number of cases that come up each year wherein agents have been robbed, raped or murdered by people under the guise of being sellers or buyers, the firms themselves have to ascertain that the customer is a genuine one and that the case is authentic in nature.
The best way to do this is by putting the prospective customer through a verification program, getting all the pertinent information as regards his contact numbers, a proper home address, ensuring that if and when you do go to show the property in question, there are two or more persons with you.
Working alone is not a very good idea.
Ensure that all safety precautions are met with and being a real estate agent can be a fulfilling experience.