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    14 Things Real Estate Agents Really Want You To Know

    Hire a realtor who lives in the area you're hoping to buy in.

    We recently asked the real estate agents of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they wish people knew when buying or selling a house. Here are some of their best responses:

    1. Prioritize what you want in a new home, but always be prepared to compromise.

    2. Definitely make location your number one priority, because it's the one thing you can't change.

    3. Real estate sites can be super helpful for house hunting, but finding a new home without an agent will be pretty challenging.

    4. And real estate agent services are totally free for buyers, so you might as well take advantage!

    5. When buying, ask your agent if they recommend additional inspections — beyond the standard ones — because they might save you a lot of money in the long run.

    6. Get a mortgage pre-approval before you start house hunting, so you know exactly what you can afford.

    7. And when buying, compare lenders and programs to make sure you're getting the best rate.

    8. Real estate agents work on commission, so they only get paid when they actually get the house sold.

    9. Hire a professional real estate photographer before you put your home on the market.

    10. And when selling, choose a mortgage broker that will work with your real estate agent to get your home into closing.

    11. Always be honest about any issues with the home you're selling.

    12. Though they work a less conventional schedule, real estate agents still have personal lives.

    13. Whether you're buying or selling, try to find an agent that lives in the area.

    14. And if you don't know something, just ask! Your real estate agent is prepared to answer any and all questions you may have about the buying or selling process.