15 Apr How to Find the Right Agent for You
Whether you are on the hunt for a new home or in the process of selling your current home, finding the right agent is the all important first step. With so many choices, where do you begin? Together with our panel of experts, we’ve broken down the top things to consider and steps to take before hiring a real estate agent.
Interview your agent. When you hire an agent, you are entering a contract with them. How do they treat you during this process? Do they take the time to explain the details or rush you into signing? By observing how the agent handles this process, you can see how they will handle one of the biggest contracts you’ll be signing; the contract for your home.
Find someone who fits with your personality. Are you dry witted, light hearted, or to the point? Know who you are and who you get along with. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your agent, so make sure their personality fits with yours.
Find a good listener. Think of your agent as part therapist and part coach. You want an agent who will listen to you and understand what you want. A good agent will read the situation and come up with creative solutions to help keep you engaged in the process.
How involved are they in the community? You want an agent who cares about the community. Look for a real estate agent who actively volunteers and finds ways to give back to their community. Ask them who they support and why. This will help you get a better feel for who they are, what they stand for, and what inspires them.
Be upfront. Be clear in the beginning and let your agent know what you expect from them. What is at the top of your list of requirements? When do you like to be contacted and how? What’s the best time for you to see listings? You get the idea, make sure you’re clear and transparent so your agent know how to best work with you.
Ask the right questions. Take the time to ask your agent the right questions. Have you sold a home in my area? Do you know the market? Make sure your agent has a good track record and don’t be afraid to ask them to share this with you. Real estate agents should be happy to give up information and offer references.
Do I trust this real estate agent? Nobody is going to be perfect but you want to find someone who can provide you with the best experience possible. Ask family and friends for referrals to help get the process going.
Finding the right real estate agent is incredibly rewarding. This is someone who will help you make one of the biggest and most important purchases of your life. The right agent makes all the difference and gives you the best start in your new home.