Buying or selling a house is likely to be the biggest financial transaction in most people’s lives.
It is a pretty big deal. The scary part is that the Realtor you choose to work with can have a huge
impact on how well the whole process goes. This is why some people think that doing it
themselves is the answer – because you can definitely trust yourself right? The problem is,
multiple independent studies have shown that homeowners or buyers who try to complete the
process without the help of a real estate professional on their side pay more money, and take
You know that you need the experience, objectivity, and knowledge that a Realtor has. But you
want to make sure that you pick the right one. Here are five quick tips for getting a Realtor that
will make your transaction easier, help you negotiate the best financial deal for you, and find
things with their trained eye that you might otherwise miss.
1) Know what you want
In order to know if the real estate agent you are considering has the right type of experience,
you need to know what you want. If you are looking at a particular neighborhood, it may help to
work with a Realtor that has experience in that area, or if you need a certain type of financing,
price range, etc.
It is also helpful to know what kind of help and experience you want. Personality matters and
finding someone that you connect with. You will be spending a lot of time together. Make a list
of your must haves in a house and the skills you need in your real estate agent.
2) Ask the right questions
A big part of finding that right fit once you know what you want, is to ask lots of questions, and to
ask the right questions. What type of experience does this agent have, do they have any areas
of specialty, and what makes them the best agent for you?
How many other listings do they have? Will they have the time to give you that you need? And
what do they see as their role in the process? These are all good questions to ask in an
3) Schedule multiple interviews
Don’t feel like you have to hire the first real estate agent that you speak with. It is okay to
schedule a couple of interviews with different agents to find someone that is right for you.
When you are first looking for a house, ask for referrals from friends, visit social media and
websites, and then call the real estate agents that you want to get to know better.
4) Find a Realtor before looking at houses
Which brings us to an important point – don’t just call the listing agent for a house you like! If the
agent is already the listing agent then they are there to first and foremost represent the needs of
the seller. Also, if you decide you really like the house, they may be entitled to a commission
even if you choose another representative later.
Do your homework, schedule a couple interviews, and find the perfect person to help you
through every step of the process.
5) Ask for references
Don’t forget to ask for references. If you find your Realtor through a referral from a friend or
family member, even better! If you are nervous about calling a stranger another good thing to do
is to visit their Facebook page or other social media and see what people are saying there.
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personalities, experiences, and skills within our group, and welcome the chance to prove to you
that we can be your biggest asset. Give us a call today to set up an interview!