Buying a home is one of the most significant financial events in your lifetime. Just as you would never go into court without a good attorney or get an operation without an excellent surgeon, don’t face this complex process without the aide of a qualified expert. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Experience over Technology.
The real estate agents with the best technology skills are not always the most experienced professionals. An agent who responds in a timely manner is important, but don’t choose one just because he/she is the first to return your call or email. Being represented by someone skilled at negotiating a real estate deal on your behalf is more valuable to you than an agent who is quick with an iPhone.
Take the time to get to know the person you choose to represent you on this very important purchase. Make sure he/she knows the property values within the neighborhood where you want to buy, knows how to negotiate a sale and has the experience to walk you through the details . Compile a list of characteristics that are important to you in an agent and interview until you find someone who offers what you want.
Free Service for Buyers.
Many buyers do not realize that it doesn’t cost them anything to have a real estate agent
working for them. The seller of the property pays the commission to the agent they hire to market their home. When
you buy a home, the agent who represents you will recieve part of the commission that has been already agreed
upon by the seller and the seller’s agent. Some buyers think that they can only work with the agent who lists the property, but this isn’t the case at all.
Loyalty to One Agent Benefits You.
Most real estate agents are going to work harder for you once they know you
are a loyal client. If you aren’t ready to commit to one agent, be upfront about that when you ask for their
assistance, whether it be to give you information or to view a home . A mature, confident agent understands that
he/she needs to earn your business. But keep in mind that the most successful buyer/agent relationships are
usually ones based upon mutual respect and trust. Once you have found an agent you trust, let him/her know that
you will be loyal. Tell other agents you encounter at Open Houses, etc. that you are already working with someone.
Most agents appreciate and honor that honesty.
If you would like some assistance in finding an agent that is the right match for your needs, our Concierge Service specializes in agent/buyer “match-making.” We have over 200 agents from which to choose. Learn more »
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