Buying your first home can be stressful. There are many decisions to make, the biggest being finding a house that you like and can afford. Rather than trying to go it on your own, hire a real estate professional. Here’s how to find the right agent.
Recommendations from Family and Friends
Most agents stay in business because they have satisfied clients who refer them to others. Ask around for experiences in dealing with particular real estate agents and be sure to find one that puts their client’s needs before their own. Of course, everyone wants to sell a house and make a commission, but they should not do so at the expense of their client.
Next, you can look online for a number of real estate agents. You may be able to find a blog that also has an area where people have commented on their particular dealings with an agent. A good idea is to Google the top real estate agencies in your area and look at the profiles of the particular agents.
Attend Open Houses
Attend open houses to meet real estate agents in a non-pressure environment. Interact with them. Be sure to collect business cards and make notes on how the agent interacts with others and how they work on selling the home.
Be sure to pay attention to real estate agents who run print ads. The first reason to run an ad is to promote the property, while the second reason is to promote the agent. See if you can find an agent who specializes in the area that you are looking to buy in. Be sure to call them and ask about their experience in certain neighborhoods and in general.
Ask Other Agents for Referrals
Finally, don’t be shy about asking other real estate agents for referrals. Agents are generally happy to do this, especially if you need an agent who has a unique specialty that the other agent doesn’t possess. Some agents will specialize in older homes or certain neighborhoods of a city, while other concentrate on commercial real estate and other ventures. Just be sure to ask a real estate agent that you trust to get that referral. Mortgage brokers are also good to go to when looking for a resource for agent referrals as they often work hand in hand with numerous agents and know which ones work the hardest for their clients.
Finding a real estate agent doesn’t have to be very difficult, but it can be a little time consuming to make sure you have the right one. Be sure to meet with the agent and understand how they work before signing up with them.