Choosing a REALTOR®
Three Keys to Choosing a REALTOR®
When buying a home, it’s important to select a real estate agent you can trust. You may be working with this individual for several months, so chemistry counts! Your agent will be responsible for both helping you find the right house and making sure the deal goes through at the lowest price. Meanwhile, the sellers of the homes you’re looking at will have a seller’s (or listing) agent trying to get the best offer for them. Here are three things to look for when choosing a real estate agent.
1. Find Agents With The Right Knowledge
You want a real estate agent who knows the local housing market. Ask about his or her experience both overall and in the neighborhood. Also consider the type of home you’re seeking. Someone who usually works with multi-million dollar properties may not have their full attention on helping you find your starter home. If you’re looking specifically for a historic home or new construction, consider an agent who specializes.
2. Make Good Communication a Priority
When it comes to closing the deal on your new home, minutes matter. How will your REALTOR® keep you informed? Is your agent flexible and willing to contact you in a way that works best for you — phone, email, text? Choose a full-time agent rather than one who does real estate “on the side” so you can stay apprised of the latest developments on properties you’re interested in.
3. Check References
Start your search by asking local friends or relatives if they have an agent they recommend. However, be wary of using a friend or relative as your REALTOR®. You want to be able to maintain a professional relationship that won’t impact your personal life. Don’t be afraid to ask for references from your REALTOR®. References can be a good source of information about your REALTOR®’s negotiation skills, attentiveness and dedication.