When you decide to invest in real estate, you know that having good representation is key to a successful transaction. It is not in your best interests to have the same agent represent you as the one selling the property. How can you find the perfect realtor for you?
Start your search by asking people you know for help. If someone you are acquainted with works in the banking industry or has had positive results with someone, ask for a recommendation. It is important that the recommendations you receive are for agents in your area.
It is perfectly okay if you don’t have any acquaintances to recommend an agent to you. Grab the phone numbers of local real estate offices and ask to speak to a manager. Ask the manager to recommend an agent from the office or inquire about an agent from another real estate office. In most cases, you will receive the help you need.
The Internet can be used to your benefit. Instead of looking for listing agents on familiar websites, look for local real estate agents advertising themselves. It is important that you don’t just find an agent who is a “listing agent”. When looking at the agent’s website, look for signs that he or she is just looking to make a quick buck. Avoid websites that claim “you are number one” or just ramble on and on about accomplishments.
You will have to interview your potential list of realtors to represent you. It is important that you get a good feel of the agent’s habits and you don’t end up with someone who doesn’t really understand the buying process. Most agents who aren’t good at what they do will let you know they must “consult” the computer to double check.
A good real estate agent will want to have an understanding of your financial situation and will ask about your debt and finances. He or she will initially use this information to help you determine a price range in which you can shop around in. You need a real estate agent who is willing to ask questions and use your answers to determine whether or not what you want is realistic in the neighborhood you want to buy in.
Last, but not least, a professional agent will want to set up an appointment and meet with you in person. A realtor makes their living through commission, so it is only natural that they should care about meeting with you. Your chosen agent should behave in a way that helps you feel that he or she has your best interests at heart, and isn’t just looking to make quick money. If your agent seems to be too good at throwing a sales pitch, it is time for you to find someone else!
What makes a good real estate agent? Most people will have a lot of answers, but the best agent wants to make you happy and provide you with the home of your dreams. Always interview several potential agents before settling down and choosing the one that’s right for you.