A good real estate agent can make all the difference in a successful transaction. Just like any other profession, the real estate world is filled with many great people but also has a few that give it a bad reputation. Before you decide which real estate agent is best for you there are some basic things that you should learn.
The real estate industry is a service-based profession and you should know exactly who you are working with. If you align yourself with someone who really knows the area, the business and your goals, the rest of the transaction will fall into place.
Knowledgeable About The Area
Regardless of if you are buying or selling, you need an agent that knows the local area. What is going on 3,000 miles away will have little to no impact on your current transaction. If you overprice your home, even by a little, it can cause your property to sit on the market for a very long time. If your agent constantly shows you homes in locations that are undesirable you will waste valuable time in your home buying search. If your Realtor really knows the area they can streamline the process and get you exactly what you are looking for.
Knowledge of the area is important but it won’t do you much good if your agent doesn’t know what your goals are. This is your transaction and one of your Realtors jobs is to give you want you want out of it. A good agent will listen to you and find as many homes that fit that criteria as possible, regardless of purchase price or any other motives. They will also lend advice for what you should do and when that will expedite the transaction. If your Realtor doesn’t know what you want it is impossible for them to deliver it to you.
One of the biggest complaints from disgruntled buyers is a lack of communication. There is a lot that goes into buying and selling a property. This is one of the biggest transactions of your life and you should be in the loop of everything that is going on. With all of the advances in communication it doesn’t take much to stay in touch and keep updated. The best agents are those that will constantly provide dates and updates every step of the way. This will lead to a smoother, more stress free transaction or at least as stress free as it can be.
Has Your Best Interest In Mind
Finally a good agent always puts your interests above theirs. You should feel confident that they will not show you higher priced homes strictly because they stand to make more money. If something comes up in the transaction they should protect you rather than just try to save the deal. There is a great deal of trust that you afford your realtor and you need to feel that same way in return.
You should spend time talking to numerous realtors until you feel comfortable before starting your transaction. You will know when you have the right realtor for you and are working with a good one. When you are in the hands of a great agent the whole transaction will be that much smoother.