Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. It is far too important to go with the first real estate agent you talk to or a friend of a friend. You need to choose the best real estate agent for you and your purchase goals. Finding the best one is sometimes easier said than done. With some many professionals in your area it can be difficult knowing what to look for. If you are looking for a new real estate agent here are some important items to help with your decision.
Accommodating.Your real estate agent should be able to answer any questions you may have during the process. With the technological advances responding to an email or text message can be done within seconds. You should never have to wait too long to get a question answered or an issue resolved. With reasonable notice you should be able to see a new listing you are interested in on your schedule. If your real estate agent can’t work with you on your schedule they may not be the best fit.
Market knowledge.Experience isn’t as big of a factor as market knowledge. You want to feel confident that who you are working with has your best interests in mind. When they make a recommendation you should know it is coming from knowledge and not just opinion. You can usually get an idea pretty quickly in the first few conversations how well they know the market. If not don’t be afraid to come right out and ask. Find out how long they have been licensed in your market and if they have a niche they focus on. Working with a real estate agent that really knows the market will help get you the best possible deal.
Best fit for what you want.Are you looking to buy a short sale or foreclosure? How about an investment property? Are you focused on buying only in one local zip code? You need to ask your real estate agent how well they know the niche you are looking for. Not everyone knows the best way to handle the short sale package. Some work primarily with local investors and can steer you in the right direction. The more specific you are in what you want the easier it will be to find the best fit for you.
Marketing.If you are selling a property marketing is key. Most sellers know the traditional marketing methods such as print ads and open houses. To get your house sold quickly and for top dollar you need to know what your real estate agent is going to do differently. Ask what type of marketing options they offer and what is included. Good marketing usually makes the difference and could be the deciding factor in who you work with.
When looking for a real estate agent treat it almost like a job interview. Be ready to ask questions that are important to you. Take your time and find the best real estate agent for you.