Buying a home is not a decision that can be done overnight. It is like a game of chess where every move should be well thought of, otherwise you risk losing your assets to the market. An integral character in the game of house hunting is the real estate agent.
Before deciding which real estate agent to work with, properly evaluate each one of them as thoroughly as possible with the help of these guide questions.
How long have you been in the business? Are you a part-time or full-time agent?
Having a background in your agent’s education and experience in the business can give you an idea of his capabilities and expertise. A full-time agent knows the ins and outs of the business more fluently than someone who works just part time.
How well do you know the neighborhood? Have you sold other properties in the area?
Knowing you agent’s familiarity with the community is important. Your agent is responsible for helping you with taxes, legalities and other policies that need to be prepared in order to have a smooth transition of property. Knowing they are familiar with the area can help make you at ease.
Can you offer me other contacts?
Agents are able to provide you with a list of other professionals (i.e. mortgage broker, home inspector and title companies). Let them explain why they chose those professionals. Evaluate properly before deciding.
Should there be anything I need to be aware of?
A good agent would be transparent with you and share with you important information that you need to know. So make sure you pay close attention to his answers once this question is asked. Know as much as you need, down to the minor details. That way, you would be able to make an objective decision regarding your agent and your property.
With this simple guide, you can find the right real estate agent that can help you with your needs.