Let’s say you’re ready to buy a home. You already talked to a lender and you know the price of the house you can buy. Now you must hire a real estate agent to start looking at properties. Since this is a great investment, it is important to choose the real estate agent that suits your needs perfectly. Here are some tips for finding the ideal agent:
Get recommendations from friends and family
An agent who is effective working with someone you know, could produce positive results for you as well.
Find out how long the agent has been in the real estate business
You can investigate the time the agent has been in the business at the state licensing authority or simply by asking the agent. He / she must have at least five years of experience. This way you assure yourself that the agent is not learning with you.
Choose an expert in local market
This is very important because you need an agent who knows very well the area where you want to live. Ask him / her about schools, recreational facilities, the best and worst places, etc. An agent who knows the area will also be more aware of the available supply and sales prices; and this information will help you make the best decision.
You can find this expert agent by asking your friends or relatives who live in the neighborhood you want.
Do not be afraid to ask questions such as: how many houses have you sold in that particular area? How will you keep me informed about my transaction? How often and using what media? How often will you send me new house offers? How busy are you? When can we meet to see the houses? Could you work on the weekends?