Best Way to Find a Good Real Estate Agent
1.Meet agents out in their working environment.
Good agents spend very little time at their desks.
2.Make sure the agent has closed many properties and has worked a few years at least.
You will want an agent that is willing to knock on doors that are not for sale. More closings mean more experience.
3.Check out open houses.
Don’t worry that you are not interested in that particular property. The agent knows that open houses rarely produce a buyer for that home and use the open house as a tool to find buyers.
4.Contact the agent with whom a friend or relative worked.
If this agent produced positive results for a friend, there’s a good chance they will do the same for you.
5.Make sure your agent is online.
Having a web savvy agent is very important today as over 85% of all buyers initially see their homes online. Great agents have laptops and often have moved to mobile technology to assist. A real estate agent in today’s world must email, text, and be available to buyers and sellers alike.
6 Interview several agents.
Whether you are looking for a buyer agent or seller agent. Remember though, agents will tell you what you want to hear. Make sure they are not selling you a dream partnership… you want to hire a realistic real estate agent. Don’t sign a buyers agreement form before looking for property (you should feel free to build trust with a real estate agent over several hours of looking before signing anything).
7 Look for signs that the agent is busy.
A hard-working, go-getter of an agent is good. Be careful, sometimes they are too busy. A real estate agent can only effectively work with about a half-dozen buyers and a dozen sellers at any given time to properly give the time needed to a buyer. If they pass you to an “assistant”, move to another agent that will give their time to you.
8 Be sure that your agent is knowledgeable.
Ask questions about things you have learned through your new-found interest in real estate. If they don’t know more than you – after all, this is her livelihood! – go on to seasoned agent. Local knowledge is particularly critical especially in city settings.
An excellent agent is the most important to you when buying a home for the first time. They should have experience and should be able to guide you through the complexities of the process including lender info that you will have to provide. The loan process has become much more demanding and complex in 2016.
10 Do some research.
How respected is the brokerage/agent… You want an agent that will network and work cooperatively with other agents. Seasoned agents tend to know the other agents in the area and have good working relationships with them. This tends to transform into good transactions.