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When you think about buying or selling a home, one important consideration is how to hire a real estate agent. A real estate agent that is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is commonly called a REALTOR®. Most homes that are currently sold or purchased today go through a REALTOR®. Here are some tips to help reduce your stress level and some ideas about how to find a realtor that fits your needs.

How to find a REALTOR® when moving

If you have your eye on specific properties you've seen online, the next step is to contact a realtor to show you the home in person. Most home listings provide contact information for a local agent. 

Another way to find a REALTOR® is to consult the National Association of REALTORS® and find one located in proximity to the area that you are looking in for your new home. Consulting with the local chapter of the Better Business Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce is yet another way.

Consider interviewing several agents before choosing one to represent you. Discuss any questions you have about real estate and talk about your particular home buying needs.

All REALTORS® have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which is a database of homes listed for sale in a state. Since Texas has so many counties, cities and unique neighborhoods, this can come in handy.

How to find a REALTOR® when selling a home

When you sell your home, you will want the help of a REALTOR® who:

  • Is experienced.
  • Is knowledgeable.
  • Can help you determine a fair price for your home.
  • Can make suggestions for attracting potential buyers.

A popular way you can find a REALTOR® is by looking at the other homes listed for sale in your neighborhood. Then talk to your neighbors and find out about their personal experiences. You should check and verify the REALTOR's® license with the state, as most states require REALTORS® to obtain a professional real estate license. Also check to ensure all licensing is active and current for the real estate company.

Make your move to Texas even less stressful by signing up with an electricity provider days before you arrive. TXU Energy is the #1 choice in Texas for electricity and can help you find the right plan for your needs. Just go online to view the plans available in your area. Or, visit the TXU Energy Move Center for more information.