Three Keys to Choosing a Realtor®
When buying a home, it's important to select a real estate agent you can trust. You
may be working with this individual for several months, so chemistry counts!
Your agent will be responsible for both helping you find the right house and making
sure the deal goes through at the lowest price. Meanwhile, the sellers of the homes
you’re looking at will have a seller's (or listing) agent trying to get the best offer for
them. Here are three things to look for when choosing a real estate agent.
1. The right knowledge
You want a real estate agent who knows the local housing market. Ask about his or
her experience both overall and in the neighborhood. Also consider the type of home
you're seeking. Someone who usually works with multi-million dollar properties may
not have their full attention on helping you find your starter home. If you're looking
specifically for a historic home or new construction, consider an agent who
2. Good communication
When it comes to closing the deal on your new home, minutes matter. How will your
realtor keep you informed? Is your agent flexible and willing to contact you in a way
that works best for you — phone, email, text? Choose a full-time agent rather than
one who does real estate "on the side" so you can stay apprised of the latest
developments on properties you're interested in.
3. Strong references
Start your search by asking local friends or relatives if they have an agent they
recommend. However, be wary of using a friend or relative as your realtor. You want
to be able to maintain a professional relationship that won't impact your personal life.
Don't be afraid to ask for references from your Realtor®. References can be a good
source of information about your realtor's negotiation skills, attentiveness and
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