How To Choose Your Perfect Realtor As A Buyer
It’s finally time, you’ve been saving up for many years and have finally got enough to buy yourself a new home. So what now? As much as we’d all like, it’s not as simple as going on Zillow, finding something you like, and then telling the owners you want to buy it. Working with a professional realtor not only doesn’t cost you anything, it will also ensure that you get the greatest price on a home you love, and reduces the everyday pressures of purchasing a home. If you choose correctly, the buyers agent will save you time, money, and from extra headaches.
So how do you choose a realtor? If you’ve started the search, I’m sure you’ve come to notice the influx of real estate agents out there. In this blog we will go over some of the things you should be looking out for when choosing who to work with.
This is the most basic quality you should look for within your agent. Now, this doesn’t mean only work with realtors who have been a realtor for 20 years or more. That agent who has been in the business for 20 years could have a very high number in terms of years, but how many transactions have they completed during that time? How many transactions have they completed recently? Are they doing this full time or is it a part time side hustle?
There are many things to take into consideration, not just how long. When I say look for an agent with experience, what I really mean is, look for someone who is currently active. Someone who has completed transactions recently and successfully. Consider the team of people behind them. Do they have people they could go to with questions? How experienced are those professionals? These aspects all come into play when considering someone’s “experience”. There are many realtors who have been in the business for many years, but haven’t been very active. Don’t be fooled by the number of years alone, and don’t be afraid to ask them questions!
Buying a home is a very stressful process. From the beginning stages of getting a mortgage pre-approval, to then finding a home you like, negotiating a price, filling out the paperwork, and the eventual closing/move in day. There are lots of deadlines throughout the process, which can make the process very stressful and time consuming. You, as a busy individual who has a job and other responsibilities, will have a very difficult time managing everything on your own. Additionally, not being able to connect with your agent when approaching a deadline will just make the process extremely unpleasant and overly stressful.
A good real estate professional will minimize some of the stress that comes with this purchase. The only way your realtor can do their job correctly and effectively is if they are good at communicating. This means that they are able to ask you the right questions which will allow them to know exactly what kind of home you are looking for, at what price point, your exact situation and everything in between. This will allow them to find you a home you truly desire, and find solutions to your problems that may arise, without you ever having the time to stress over them.
Additionally, communication refers to accessibility. How accessible is your realtor? You should be able to contact your real estate professional with any questions that may arise and get a response within a reasonable time. With texting, emailing, calling, and other messaging applications, there should be no reason as to why you are having trouble getting in touch with them. Being able to get in touch with your real estate professional will make the process much less stressful than it needs to be.
Dedication To Growth
I feel like everyone, in every field should be dedicated and open to growth. Whether that growth is with technological advances, or merely admitting when you don’t know something. The same is said for real estate professionals. Is your realtor open to admitting when they are wrong about something? Are they too prideful and not able to admit when they don’t know something? Admitting such things allows one to grow, and in a real estate transaction, it could be the difference between getting a good deal and a great deal. Find someone who is dedicated to learning and growth!
There are many things to consider when choosing which realtor to work with. As outlined above, some major qualities to look for is real estate activity and the overall experience guiding an agent, sufficient and effective communication skills, and a dedication to growth. Find a realtor with all of these skills, and I’m confident that they will leave you with a positive home buying experience.
If you are still in the process of preparing for your first purchase, read more about what you should be doing here.
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