Choosing Your Agent

The first rule of choosing an agent when buying a new home is to use an agent that is an expert on the neighborhood in which you are interested in buying in.

What makes ourĀ agents experts, is their knowledge of current and past trends on the sale and purchase of all different types of homes in a given community, in addition to knowing all the local facts relevant to your home selection. That means they are aware of community information, schools, taxes, how to check about local crime and happenings.

They also have knowledge of the home market in the community. What is the typical sales price for a home? How much does the type of home you are looking for typically cost? Your agent will be able to give you a breakdown of homes in your price range and where they are located.

The keys to an expert agent being able to service you well is their communications skills. They will do a lot of listening and ask a few key questions. An effective agent needs to understand your current financial situation, and your needs for purchasing a home.

It is important to remember that good communication is a two-way street. You need to be open and honest with an agent to save both you and them time and effort. If you aren’t looking to buy for an extended period of time (3 months or longer), be up front about that. Also be up front about your financial situation. If you are a first time home buyer and can only get 3% down for a home, let your agent know that. You will be surprised at how innovative an agent can be in helping you find solutions to your problems.

The final criteria for an expert agent is their ability to use technology to help you with your home search. An expert agent will be able to utilize electronic multiple listing services to gather information on housing trends for you. They can advise you on how to best use our website to find all the information you need. They will be able to provide you with information on your options in a timely fashion.

A key piece to having an expert agent work for you is integrity. How honest is an agent in dealing with you?

So how do you determine if an agent is an expert, and how do you know if they are honest? You never know for sure but there are some signs to check for. Many people ask friends or family members for recommendations on an agent.

Here are a few points we recommend you consider when making your choice:

  • Is the agent an expert in the geographical area you are looking to buy?
  • How long have they been in the real estate business and how long with their current company? If an agent hasn’t been there for a year they may not know the area very well.
  • Find out how many homes they have listed in the area in which you are seeking to buy and find out how long it took for each of those homes to sell and close.
  • Ask for references of clients they have serviced in the last 6 months and then actually call those references (get at least three references). Ask those references how effective was the agent at servicing them. Would they use the agent again?
  • The agent should also be able to produce a list of on-line and community resources to help you profile a community.
  • Meet the agent in their office to see if you feel comfortable and ask them why you should have them represent you with your purchase. If you get any feelings that you aren’t comfortable with that agent then choose another one.

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