Finding a Real Estate Agent
Finding the Right Real Estate Agent
It is a tough task to look around for your new home. By working with an agent, the process can be sped up. By working with the right real estate agent, the entire searching and purchasing process can move much more smoothly.
What Does the Real Estate Agent Do?
- Help you understand what you are looking for in a home.
- Direct your focus to a smaller number of places fitting your desires.
- Set up home tours for both of you (where years of experience lets them point things out), or you can view homes by yourself.
- Mediate home deals on your behalf, looking out for you.
- Narrowly focus you to where you need to look to find financial, insurance, etc. services.
- Work with you, seller, loan officers, and lawyers to make the whole home buying process smoother.
By looking in the right place and asking the right questions, you can find the agent that will be your steadfast partner in putting you into the best home in a good neighborhood that you can actually afford.
Where to Find the Agent for You
- The first place to look is amongst family, friends, and coworkers that have purchased homes. They can spend a little more time giving you their personal experience with the agents they had. Financial advisers and lawyers could be another source, because of their previous work with them.
- In the early stages of looking at houses, you can find agents that are watching over an open house on the weekend. Talk to them and get a feel for them at that time.
- If you are moving away from your current city, look at for sale signs in the next city, and real estate agent names will be listed on many of them. You may also ask a local agent to refer you to an agent in the next city.
Choosing Your Real Estate Agent
- Works in the area where you will move. They will always have a leg up over an out-of-towner.
- If they keep you up-to-date with new listings as soon as they become available.
- They are quick about returning your calls and being able to answer your questions.
- Most important is that you fell comfortable with them, and you don't get pressured into making decisions you don't want to.
Confirm this Checklist of Their Proficiencies
- Are they a full-time real estate agent?
- Is their real estate license in good standing?
- How long have they been in this line of work? The more experience the better for first-time home buyers.
- Will this agent also be working for the seller of the home you have selected? If they happen to, make sure they keep your financial information away from the other party.
- Even though they work in the area, how long have they worked there and and do they know it well?
- If they have an assistant, what "real estate agent" work do they do instead of them?
- Get a list of references so that you can ask previous home buyers about their purchasing experience with this agent.
How About You?
Have you purchased a home before and used the aid of a good real estate agent, or did you go at it alone? I'm curious how your home buying experience went and what went smoother or rougher by having the agent by your side.
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