Thursday, July 31 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:45:13 GMT
Jasper County authorities have found the body of a man missing since last weekend. Sheriff Chris Sargent said a search team located the body of Ricky Page, 54, around 7 p.m. Thursday in his Ford pick-upMore >>
Sheriff Chris Sargent said a search team located the body of Ricky Page, 54, around 7 p.m. Thursday in his Ford pick-up truck in a wooded area off Highway 11 in Vossburg.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:37:09 GMT
An Ellisville man fell victim to an international scam after chatting with a woman from Africa on a dating site for six-months. The man was unaware that she was slowly gaining his confidence in orderMore >>
An Ellisville man fell victim to an international scam after chatting with a woman from Africa on a dating site for six-months.More >>
Friday, August 1 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-08-01 17:12:18 GMT
A Hattiesburg man is now in custody and charged with aggravated domestic assault. Roger Holder was wanted in connection with a Tuesday incident at Greenbriar Apartments on McInnis Loop that sent a victimMore >>
A Hattiesburg man is now in custody and charged with aggravated domestic assault. Roger Holder was wanted in connection with a Tuesday incident at Greenbriar Apartments on McInnis Loop that sent a victim to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:17:53 GMT
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union.More >>
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union. Biloxi Police Department Investigator Steve Schlicht said Cynthia Ann Brosh, 57, turned herself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:38:38 GMT
The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.
Buying a home is a major milestone and the real estate and mortgage professionals you use will have an integral role in helping you achieve this dream.
Which real estate agent should you choose to work with? Once you announce your intention to buy a home, you'll be courted by every real estate professional you know or meet.
But it's critical to find someone who knows the neighborhood in which you're interested and who understands your wants and needs. A broker who's easy to be with will make the time spent house-hunting much more enjoyable.
Here's how to find the right agent for you:
Start by asking your friends, family, and colleagues about the details of their experiences with real estate agents. Ask if they had a good experience. Ask about any strengths and weaknesses they thought the agent had.
If you're moving to a new community, consider hiring a relocation company that may have a relationship with real estate firms in the area and can refer you to an agent in your new neighborhood.
You might also want to scan the local real estate ads, looking for agents whose names come up again and again in various advertisements. Call these agents and interview them over the telephone.
You might also want to interview the experts themselves. When you visit an open house, talk to the listing agent or broker and see what they have to say about the neighborhood and other agents who work there. You can also call the managing broker of a local firm and ask to be referred to the agent who does the most business in your neighborhood of choice.
Once you've got names, check out each agent's background. Consider the agent's number of years in the business, number of properties listed and sold (especially in recent months) and areas of expertise (ask for a resume, which may list this). Also call the local real estate board to check the agent's history.
An agent doesn't work alone. He or she comes as part of a package. Consider the firm and it's reputation. Does it have a lot of agents? Is the staff friendly? Does the office seem organized? Does it use new technology to help you hunt for and finance a home?
Don't get thrown if you like the agent with the least amount of experience. While experience counts, a new agent can also be excellent if they have had the right training and support.
Discuss contract and fees: Is an exclusivity contract necessary and what are all the fees involved?
Make sure the agent is accessible by email and phone, is quick to return calls, and is a good listener. You'll also want someone who can explain concepts and strategies to you in a way you can easily understand.
The agent should be familiar with your preferred neighborhood and forthcoming with information. Be sure to ask if you will be working directly with the agent or will you be handed off to another agent or an assistant.
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