The very first real estate agent I spoke to did not inspire a tremendous amount of confidence. He seemed more like a pushy salesman than someone who would give me honest advice and guidance. I didn’t put much thought into selecting a realtor beforehand, but this experience has made me realize that my real estate agent is someone that I will have to talk to and work with over the course of the next few months, if not longer. At the very least, I should feel comfortable speaking with them on all matters related to my real estate transaction.
To be honest, I had considered buying a home without assistance from an agent. The idea of saving some money off of commissions was appealing. But after speaking to several friends and family members, they strongly urged me to reconsider. After mulling over the decision for a night, I decided it would be in my best interest to work with an experienced real estate professional for the purchase of my first home. It is a massive investment, and not something I am willing to gamble on. The people I spoke to all had great experiences working with local real estate agents, and despite the fact that a few of them now choose to buy and sell property without enlisting the services of a broker, they still spoke highly of the benefits of working with an experienced realtor.
Today I am going to begin my search for a real estate agent. From my research, I’ve picked up a few tips on how to find the right realtor for you.
- Ask around for recommendations. This was the first thing that I did, even before a quick Google search told me to do so. It is natural to turn to friends, family, and co-workers for advice. They have nothing to gain by giving you their honest opinion. You should keep in mind, however, that this may not yield any helpful answers. Their real estate agent may be retired or no longer working in the area. There is also the possibility that your needs are distinctively different from theirs, and the agent they’ve recommended will not be the best one for you. Don’t stop your search here, and continue doing your homework.
- Browse around online. In this day and age, a good real estate agent will have a firm grasp on technology and can utilize it to better help their clients. A strong online presence may indicate that they are tech savvy and well-adapted. Often you can find reviews or further information online.
- Interview your real estate agent. Don’t be afraid to ask a few questions to learn more about a real estate agent and his/her experience and qualifications. You can request references or a list of homes they have recently sold.
- Establish your expectations. Each real estate agent will have their own way of doing things. If you prefer more frequent communication or minimal contact, let them know this.