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Choosing a Real Estate Agent Who’s Right For You

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By : Tony Marino    99 or more times read
As much of a cliché that it might be to say, buying a home really just may be the biggest purchase of your entire life. Because of the great magnitude of this purchase, it is essential that you work with an agent who not only knows what they’re doing, but also has your best interests at heart.

Don’t just hire the first agent that you happen across when you decide that home ownership is in your future; take the time to ask friends, relatives, and neighbours if they’ve had particularly good experiences with any realtors in your area in the past. Keep a list of possible names to check out.

Make the effort to contact the potential agents from your list that you’ve compiled; you can ask them some basic questions over the phone, but you will want to meet them in person before you make your selection. Sometimes people come across quite differently on the phone than they do in person and you will want to be sure that this will be someone that you’re comfortable working with. When you do get a chance to actually sit down and talk face to face with a real estate agent, make sure that you’re honest with them that you’re talking to a few before you sign a contract with anyone.

There are a variety of questions that you should ask a real estate agent to help you determine if he or she is right for your needs. You may want to know if your agent is a registered REALTOR ® because that membership ensures that your agent holds to a specific set of ethics when working for you; that is not to say that real estate agents who are not a REALTOR ® are not ethical or deliver the same quality of service, just that they’re not bound to it in the same way.

Another good question to ask your prospective agent is about their specialties; it is beneficial if you’re buying a luxury home if your real estate agent has specialized knowledge about that type of sale. Specialized knowledge that you should also be on the lookout for is if they’re familiar with the area that you’re selling from or buying into.

You will also want to find out such information as: are they doing real estate full time, what is their ratio of listed to sold properties, and what kind of communicator are they. You can hire the greatest agent in the world, but if they only like to talk on the phone while you really need the reassurance of an email so that you can refer to past conversations, then your experience is likely to be less than satisfactory.

The more time that you can take choosing a suitable agent before you embark on your real estate journey the more pleasant and successful it will be for you.

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