Some individuals believe that they can handle all the work such as financing and negotiating tricky contracts that is required when selling or purchasing a home. However it is wise to consider the help of a professional real estate agent. Agents are trained in determining the market value of properties, be able to evaluate positive and negative aspects of properties, know how to advertise and know how to negotiate a sale. He or she also often works with financial institutions to help people get the loans they need to be able to buy properties. Below is a list of local real estate agents.