What To Look For In A Real Estate Agent…
In today’s market, getting into the right house can be easy… if you work with the right team of professionals. I work closely with a great loan officer who gets the job done. Once you are pre-approved, it is just a matter of finding that right house.
He says his clients ask him frequently who he would recommend when it comes to finding a realtor. It is important to have a good working relationship between your realtor and loan officer. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to hiring a realtor:
1) Experience – You want to make sure that the realtor you are using is not new to the real estate scene (this goes for a loan officer as well!). Some of the most educational times for a real estate professional are in the first year. Although using a realtor is free to the buyer, you do not want to have them learn a costly mistake on your transaction because the expensive education usually comes out of your pocket…
2) Listener – Having a realtor that listens to your concerns and what you are looking for is priceless (as simple as it sounds!). When you say you want to find a home in a great neighborhood for no more than $140,000 you DON’T want someone who will then take you to houses 160,000-200,000 trying to increase their sale. If you say you want “X” in a certain area, they should not take you to “Y”.
3) Work Ethic – You want to find a realtor that will work for you, as well as do what they say they are going to do. If they are going to send you a list of homes to review by 8 AM the next morning, and you are calling them at 9 asking where it is, as harsh as it sounds you may want to look elsewhere. If they are not reliable on the little things, what about when it really counts???
4) Find a Professional, not a Pro”friend”sional – It is wonderful to want to help out a friend or family member when it comes to giving your business to someone, but make sure it is not going to come at a unnecessary cost from your end. As the warning for doing business with friends and family goes, real estate is no different. I would caution you to make sure that they know what they are doing first, and also to set some prior ground rules to take the transaction seriously if they are going to work for you.
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