Helpful Information on Buying Real Estate
WORKING WITH REAL ESTATE AGENTS
When buying or selling real estate, you may find it helpful to have a real estate agent assist you. Real estate agents can provide many useful services and work with you in different ways. In some real estate transactions, the agents work for the seller. In others, the seller and buyer may each have agents. And sometimes the same agents work for both the buyer and the seller. It is important for you to know whether an agent is representing you as your agent or simply assisting you while acting as an agent of the other party.
This brochure addresses the various types of agency relationships that may be available to you. It should help you decide which relationship you want to have with a real estate agent. It will also give you useful information about the various services real estate agents can provide buyers and sellers, and it will help explain how real estate agents are paid.
For most people, purchasing a home is the largest investment they will ever make. It is no wonder then that many homebuyers employ professionals to inspect the structural and mechanical systems of the home and report on their condition. While sellers also employ home inspectors to alert them to problems with their homes which could arise later in the transaction, this brochure is written from the viewpoint of the potential homebuyer.
This brochure is a joint publication of the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board and the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. It is designed to give consumers a better understanding of the home inspection process, what a home inspection is, who can perform an inspection and what to expect.