There is little doubt that buying a home is almost certainly the biggest purchase that you will make during your lifetime. With such a big investment on the line, it is understandable that you will want to ensure that you get the property that you need at the right price. To do this, you will need to deploy your greatest weapon – our real estate agent.
A real estate agent is the professional that you can turn to to secure a great deal on your home sale or your new property purchase. They have invaluable insight into their area and understand the market and how to get the most from it, whether you are buying or selling. Our real estate agent will have contacts that may be able to identify properties that are coming onto the market before it becomes common knowledge, getting you in the door – potentially quite literally – before other buyers have the chance. And our agent will have experience making tough negotiations, helping you to achieve top dollar for your sale, or get your dream home for a sensible price.
But with so many people offering real estate services, how do you know which agent is right for you. Here are our top tips for choosing the right real estate agent for you.
Ask around for recommendations
Nothing beats a personal recommendation, and if you know people who have used a local realtor, ask them who they used and if they would recommend them. Find out what their experience was like, the communication style of the real estate agent and how smooth the process was. Even if your friends or family aren’t able to recommend a real estate agent, they may be able to tell you who they most certainly wouldn’t use and why.
Interview your shortlisted candidates
You won’t really get to know what a real estate agent is truly like until you meet with them in person – and any good one will be happy to have an informal chat with you to talk to you about what they can offer. However, during this meeting one of the most important things that you should be doing is assessing how well you gel with the agent you are interviewing.
Whether you are buying or selling, you will spend a fair amount of time with your chosen agent, either in person or over the phone. You need to ensure that you choose someone who you can get along with, and someone who you feel you can trust has your best interests at heart. If you have good instincts, you will probably know if someone is the right agent for you before their interview is over.
Ensure they are accredited
Any agent you choose should be licensed by the state in which you live, and should belong to the National Association of Realtors (NAR’s). This means that they will be bound to abide by the association’s strict code of ethics.
Decide how important experience is to you
Experience is a very valuable commodity when it comes to negotiating real estate, and for this reason, many experts recommend that you select an agent with at least five solid years of evidencable history, ideally in your local area. Experienced agents often see a wide range of properties, enabling them to help their buyers see the value in different types of home. They can also fairly accurately assess the condition of a property and give you a realistic estimate of any potential repairs and the costs involved.
Although experience is important, established real estate agents may have large client bases and be very set in their way of doing things, whereas a newer agent with less experience is likely to be more enthusiastic, more flexible and have scope to give you greater personal attention.
A great real estate agent is the key to a successful property sale or purchase. Make sure yours is a good fit by ensuring that they have the knowledge, skill and personality to help you get the best from your property negotiations. Contact us to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable real estate team and see the possibilities.