Choosing a real estate agent can be just as important as choosing a home to buy. After all, this person, you hope, is going to help you to find the home that's right for your needs. Don't overlook the process of choosing a professional you can count on. These tips will help.
- Choose a professional with local experience. This is by far the most important component. You want someone that knows the area well and that can give you frank, honest advice about any property available in the area.
- Choose an agent that will tell you no. You want to ensure you are working with a real estate agent that is willing to provide you with accurate information, not just information you want to hear. Be upfront with the agent about this before agreeing to work with him or her.
- Choose a Realtor not just an agent. Realtors are held by a higher code of conduct in order to be a member of this organization. It helps ensure you are working with someone that's property trained, up to date on his or her knowledge, and respectable.
- Hire an agent that you don't know. You do not want to work with family or friends when buying a home. You want someone that's willing to work hard for you that you don't mind calling often. You may not want your distant family to know about your financial situations either.
- Check out the brokerage, too. Most agents work under a broker. The brokerage is the company that will ultimately help you to buy or sell. Be sure you know the company's reputation.
- Ask to speak to recent clients. Talk to recent home buyers about their agent experience. Getting to know what they are like (do they answer the phone, are they really available for evening appointments, etc) can help you to make the right decision.
- Where are their listings? Find out what homes the agent has listed for sale. Are they in the same area as you hope to buy? Are they the types of homes you are considering? You want an agent that's specializing in what you are after.
Take the time to seek out the right real estate agent and you'll end up with a more confident purchase. You need this professional not just to help you with paperwork, but to help you to make one of the biggest financial decisions of your lifetime.
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