Let’s just face it, there are lots of real estate agents in your area. Some just received their license and some have been selling for 25 year. Some work on a team while others are single agents. You may know a Realtor from work or church. Perhaps your best friend is a realtor. So how do you choose.
1. Get a referral if you don’t personally know a Realtor.
When you begin your search, you should ask your friends and family who they have used in the past. You will most likely get several names of people that various friends have used. When getting a referral I suggest you get a referral from a friend who has bought a similar house to one you would want to buy. If your friend bought a $500,000 house 30 miles away from where you want to buy your first home for $100,000, you may not get the same experience as your friend. Not because that Realtor isn’t a fabulous realtor but because they are use to selling in a different part of the city at a different price point. They may not know all the programs for first time buyers in your part of the city. However you won’t know unless you ask.
2. Ask questions
Is Real Estate your full time job or do you also have another job?
Where do you sell (area, city, neighborhoods)?
If you are wanting to buy a foreclosed home, have they sold these types of properties? Are you familiar with HUD properties, VA repos and auction sites?
Do you specialize in certain segments of the market?
How many homes have you sold in the last year?
If you need down payment assistance, what does that agent know about local programs?
Will you personally show me homes or will you have someone else showing me? Are you part of a team?
Do you have time to show me? What are your business hours and days that you show homes?
3. Make sure you feel comfortable with the realtor.
This is a large purchase. You should feel like the Realtor has your best interest at heart. You should be able to feel confident in providing confidential information to your agent.
4. Mutual trust and respect for time and knowledge
Both the realtor and the client need to trust each other. This is a relationship and if you don’t have mutual respect, it will not work. You should expect your agent to be working with multiple clients. Therefore it is important that you make and keep appoints and that they do the same. They may not be able to drop everything and show you a house with 20 minutes notice but you also shouldn’t have to wait 3 days to see a house either.
If you are interested in exploring how my team and I work with buyers and sellers at a high level, please feel free to contact me at 405-213-2992.