Picking the right real estate agent is just as important as finding the right home. With the right help, you may find the perfect home faster, get the best price, and have a more seamless process.
So how do you pick the right real estate agent? It’s a lot like interviewing for a job, only this time, you are the interviewer.
Ask for Referrals
Start by asking friends and family for referrals. If you know anyone in the area who has moved recently, ask who they used and about their experience.
Were they happy? Did they see the homes they wanted to see? How was the negotiation and closing process? Ask as many details as possible. Referrals are one of the best ways to find the right agent, especially if it’s from someone you trust.
Read Reviews Online
You can also find a real estate agent online. Reading reviews can give you the perspective of an agent’s personality, work ethic, and ability to handle what you need.
Read reviews on the top real estate websites, but only use these reviews to help you narrow down your choices – you’ll still want to interview your top options.
Attend Open Houses
To see a real estate agent in action, attend local open houses. Talk with the real estate agent and get a feel for how he/she operates. You may know right off the bat if he/she is a good option for you just seeing how the agent deals with everyone at the open house.
Interviewing Real Estate Agents
Once you narrow down your choices to 3 agents, interview them. This is your time to discover how they operate, what types of houses/clients they work with, and to determine if they’re a good fit for you.
Here are a few questions to ask:
• How long have you been a real estate agent?
• How long have you worked in this area in particular?
• How well do you know the area?
• What types of homes do you usually list and/or help clients buy?
• How do you communicate with clients? What method do you use and how often do you send new listings?
• Do you work with any lenders, appraisers, or inspectors?
Don’t be afraid to add your own questions so you get to know the agent to see if you click. Your real estate agent is the key to finding the perfect home, so choose wisely.
Take your time finding the right real estate agent. You want a professional familiar with the area, know how to market and/or negotiate prices, and look out for his/her clients.
Today, the real estate market is competitive. You need someone on your side to help you through the process so you come out with the home you wanted at the price you can afford. Find an agent with the same beliefs, who listens to your needs, and who will work with you, helping you find your dream home.