Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:52:07 GMT
The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
Every day, hundreds of Mississippians get their cars inspected to make sure they are in proper driving condition. Also every day, hundreds of others don't. The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:06:03 GMT
On Tuesday, a public hearing was held about the controversial TANF drug testing law. Implementation of this law has been delayed. Many who attended the hearing expressed concerns that they've had sinceMore >>
Many who attended the hearing expressed concerns that they've had about the TANF drug testing law since the legislative session.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:48:33 GMT
A Wayne county businessman that was wanted by authorities has died. Joseph Barnett's attorney, Katie Dickerson, confirmed that Barnett died at a Jackson hospital around 4 o'clock Tuesday morning. BarnettMore >>
A Wayne county businessman that was wanted by authorities has died.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:54:03 GMT
The Lamar County Sheriff's Department narcotics unit has made nearly a dozen arrests during a month long investigation. According to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, the narcotics unit has conductedMore >>
The Lamar County Sheriff's Department narcotics unit has made nearly a dozen arrests during a month long investigation. More >>
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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