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5 Tips for Choosing a Real Estate Agent

What you'll learn: What to consider when choosing a real estate agent


  1. Finding the right home starts with choosing a real estate agent -

    When looking for a real estate agent, it’s important to choose one based on your overall connection with them. Remember that chemistry is key in choosing a real estate agent – no matter how much experience they have, if you don’t connect with them, each step of your home buying experience won’t be its best. Your agent should listen to your needs and provide insights on homes and the factors that are important to your family. No one wants to look at 30 homes that miss many of your criteria.

  2. Seek referrals from other homeowners -

    One of the best ways to find a real estate agent is through referrals or word-of-mouth. Ask friends or family in the area who they used to help them buy or sell their homes. Chances are, if they had a good experience, they’ll have great things to say and can make an enthusiastic introduction.

  3. Choosing an agent you can trust -

    Pay close attention to how well your agent listens, asks questions and responds. Most agents turn to search technology to find possible choices, but the best real estate agents will have plenty of personal connections with people in the field and will eagerly talk up your search. Remember, agents have more than one search going on, but they should be able to dedicate time and interest to your needs from beginning to end. An agent who cares about you and your home buying experience is one to be trusted. If all else fails, go with your gut. If an agent doesn’t feel right, they probably aren’t. 

  4. Do your research -

    Buying a house is a complicated process with many moving parts, so working with the right agent is crucial to understanding and prioritizing important decisions. Whether you get referrals or just drop in on a local agent’s office, be sure to interview each one to check the chemistry and their experience level. Some agents can specialize in things such as locations, types of homes, fixer-upper investments and many other categories.

  5. Ask lots of questions -

    There’s a lot to know and consider throughout the home-buying process and your agent is your best source for specific, in-depth answers the more questions you ask, the more you can understand about your agent and pending choices. Rely on your agent’s experience to help minimize stress during the process. Some questions you can ask your agent are:

  • What are the closing costs?
  • How long have you been selling real estate?
  • Do you have a recommended vendors list?
  • What haven’t I asked that you think I should know?


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