How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

Choosing the right real estate agent is an important decision. Unfortunately, a great deal of the information you'll find about choosing a real estate agent is really just going to be marketing information. You'll hear things like "experience", "successful", and other buzzwords that are designed to sell you the agent as if they were a product. There's more to it than what these words describe. Buying a home is a big decision and some of the most important factors that go into choosing the right real estate agent are really not discussed enough.
 

Style

 
Some real estate agents will be willing to hold your hand through every part of the buying process if you're not sure how it actually works. Other real estate agents are accustomed to working with investors and very high net worth individuals and, because of that, those real estate agents tend to have a style that is best described as that of a hard-nosed businessperson. Many realtors are somewhere in between the extremes.
 
Before you choose a realtor, ignore all of their marketing materials and just take the time to get to know them a little bit. Is this really a person you want to have helping you handle what is probably the biggest financial transaction you'll make in your life? Do you feel like they're not taking enough time to explain the ins and outs of purchasing a house, or do you feel like they're treating you like a child? Make sure they fit your preferences in terms of personality, knowledge and how they interact with you. This will make it much easier for you to concentrate on the process of purchasing a house and to avoid being distracted by a conflict with the way your realtor does business.
 

Assistants

 
Sometimes, a real estate agent's client will make the mistake of thinking that being referred to the realtor's assistant is a form of being blown off. It is nothing of the sort. If you can find a realtor who has a good assistant working with them, you've found something worth examining more closely.
 
A good realtor's assistant makes certain that contracts are filed on time, that all of the respective I's and T's are dotted and crossed and that anything extra that needs to be done to make the deal go more smoothly is taken care of. When a realtor refers you to their assistant and that assistant is competent and knowledgeable, consider it a favor.
 
It may be hard for you to get a busy realtor to set up a meeting when you need them to, but an assistant will always be able to attend to your needs and will always be able to get the attention of the realtor if needed.
 

Honesty

 
Honesty might seem like an obvious quality that you want in a real estate agent, but it's important to listen to your gut in this regard. Successful real estate agents generally do enough business that they don't need to put you into the wrong house to make a commission. In fact, some of the busiest real estate agents got that way because they really do take the time to make sure they're selling their clients something that will suit them well.
 
Look beyond the marketing and look to the realtor as a person and you'll find out a lot about them and whether or not they're the right realtor for you.
- 10/25/2012 10:43:31 AM by Admin | with 0 comments


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