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Employment History

Columnist

The Washington Post Company

Affiliations

Professor Emeritus
American University

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"The average is 6 percent," said ...

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"The average is 6 percent," said Donald R. Brenner, professor of real estate law at American University and former columnist for the Washington Post, "but if you are buying a home and listing your old home with the same agent, you may be able to work out a lower commission, since they will have two sales.


Picking an agent? Get Smart!

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"Real estate has always been a mark of independence and freedom in this country," says Donald R. Brenner, professor of real estate law at American University and former columnist for the Washington Post."Owning property is very important, and when you deal with someone who is going to help you buy or sell a piece of property, you'd better find someone that knows what they're doing.

"If you pick up the phone book and choose from the yellow pages, you won't make a better decision than if you picked up the telephone book to choose a brain surgeon," says Brenner.
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Brenner explains, "You must make inquiries before you sign with an agent or broker.Commissions are usually substantial, so some real estate agents will try to sell you anything.They'll tell you every house is the best house they've ever seen, every room is the prettiest, your kids are going to love it, and your dog is going to bark nicely.They'll tell you anything!
"If you're selling, your property may be the most valuable thing you own and it is of utmost importance to find an agent you can trust," Brenner says.
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Friends can give you a starting point, but don't hire an agent solely on a friend's recommendation, says Brenner.
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Brenner says, "The National Association of Realtors has a code of ethics that will knock your socks off, and they are very strict in dealing with people who don't abide by them."Also, only Realtors have access to Multiple Listing Services (MLS) through which members share listings and have access to many more properties than non-members.You can locate a Realtor in your area at http://www.bankrate.com/brm/frames/hyperlink.asp?link_address=http://www.realtor.com.
Avoid "dual agencies."These are agencies that represent both the buyer and the seller."This is not a good idea," Brenner says.
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"The only way to find the agent that's right for you is to sit down with them and ask questions," Brenner says.
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"Real estate is a field where people come and go quite often," Brenner says.


6 questions for agents when selling

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"The average is 6 percent," said Donald R. Brenner, professor of real estate law at American University and former columnist for the Washington Post, "but if you are buying a home and listing your old home with the same agent, you may be able to work out a lower commission, since they will have two sales.


"Real estate has always been a ...

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"Real estate has always been a mark of independence and freedom in this country," says Donald R. Brenner, professor emeritus at American University.


"Real estate has always been a ...

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"Real estate has always been a mark of independence and freedom in this country," says Donald R. Brenner, professor emeritus at American University.

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