Finding real estate agent is not difficult. They are all over the place, practically begging for your business. Finding a real estate agent you can trust, and who can cater to your individualized needs, is something more of a challenge. Need some guidance? Here are some pointers for how to choose a reputable real estate agent:
Word of mouth. Do you know anyone who recently sold or purchased a home? If so, then that’s a great start for finding a real estate agent to work with. Ask around in your community for recommendations, and you will quickly see which agents and brokerages have the best reputation. Compile a list of prospective agents for your job, using referrals from people you can trust.
Choose a brokerage first. If there are a couple of brokerages in your area that have been around for a long time and that seem to have a great reputation, then your best bet is to begin your agent search by choosing a brokerage first. Once you’ve chosen a brokerage you’re comfortable with, you can simply call the broker/manager, describe your particular needs, and then ask for the names of the brokerage’s two or three best agents for the job. From there, you’re just a few interviews away from choosing the professional you most want to work with.
Your circumstances. Before you can find the best fit for your situation, you need to take some time to figure out exactly what your situation is. That means assessing your financial standing (Are you pre-qualified for a loan? How much home can you afford? How much money do you need to get for your home?), deciding what you are looking for in a home purchase (or sale), and organizing your schedule and time frame.
Interview agents. Before you commit to any relationship with an agent, you should interview all of the candidates on your list, face to face. Compose a list of questions specific to your individual circumstances before you sit down with anyone, and then choose whichever agent you feel most comfortable with, in regards to knowledge, customer service, receptiveness, experience, enthusiasm, and resourcefulness.
Residential real estate is a broad market, encompassing a multitude of products and services for both home buyers and home sellers, provided for by a widely variant network of industry specialists. If you are in the need of some expert guidance when it comes to any of your real estate needs please give me a call (204) 784-3221