Deciding to Buy
Prepare Your Property Search
Find A Real Estate Agent
Your Property Search
Finding a Real Estate Agent
There are so many agents out there, and most people know one or have a family member or friend who does. But there are a few important things to consider when hiring an agent:
- Experience – agents who have sold many properties know the ins and outs of the market and they are connected to many other local area agents (which is a benefit to you)
- Education – there are many designations in the real estate industry, but if your agent has a higher education degree it could benefit you immensely, like a masters in business or a law degree.
- Local area knowledge – this is a big benefit, and those agents who have been working the area for a long time will be able to help you best
- Full-time agent – many agents have other jobs or just work a few days a week. This will not help you in your search. You need someone who works in the real estate profession, so your best interests are front and center
- Dedication – will the agent be available when you need him/her? If the agent has too many sales at once your time could be compromised.
- Responsive – make sure the agent will be able to answer calls, meet you right away and get your information in a timely manner
- Comfort and Trust – most importantly you need to feel comfortable with your agent. He or she should always be there for you and should never push you into any decisions. Buying a home is the biggest financial decision you will likely make in your lifetime, and you need to trust your agent and be able to set the pace for your search and purchase.