Planning to buy a home for the first time can often feel like a daunting prospect, after all, it is one of the biggest investments you can make. Its important, then, to start with the right people helping you and finding a real estate agent is one of the first steps. Here are a few suggestions to help you find a real estate agent that will fit your needs:
There are many great real estate agents out there so you may feel it doesn’t matter who you decide on but, just because someone comes with a lot of experience this does not mean they are experts in every type of real estate. To illustrate, a realtor may be an expert in selling high end luxury housing but have little experience in finding low budget fixer uppers so, its important to find someone skilled at finding the type of home you require.
Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to before deciding who to go with. Include questions such as: How much experience do you have with the type of properties I’m looking for? What makes you different from other realtors? Etc. Ask for specific examples instead of accepting general answers. Some other helpful information to find out would be if the real estate agent owns property of their own. This might help with their ability to guide you through all the steps of home buying and they may be able to offer good advice. You may also want to ask them whether they work full time or part time in real estate. A full-time realtor may be a little more up to date with the property market as well as new rules and regulations.
As we can see, it is very important to find a real estate agent who fits your individual needs and budget, someone who can guide you through the home buying process.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector