Q: What's a good source of information about real estate brokers, whom they represent, the services they perform and how much they charge?
A: Most regional boards of Realtors and state associations of Realtors offer free informational materials on this subject. Public libraries also have books on the subject.
Also, the Consumer Federation of America and the American Association of Retired Persons recently collaborated to produce a pamphlet, "Buying a Home: What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know About Real Estate Agents."
For a free copy, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: AARP, Box Home, 601 E Street N.W., Washington, DC 20049.
Q: Why are people moving out of urban centers and buying homes in remote, rural areas?
A: Bob Fawcett, president of Selected Properties International in Denver, who specializes in the sale of ranches, farms, resorts and unique country homes, offers this insight:
"High-tech communication systems and computers now make it possible for many executives and professional people to live anywhere. And it's happening more and more. People are on the move to places where they can live and work in tranquil, scenic settings. Expect this trend to continue."
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