How to Find a Good Real Estate Agent
If you’re planning on buying a new house, then you’re going to want to find a real estate agent who can help. Despite the fact that you might be able to find properties for sale online by yourself, you’re going to find that a real estate agent can provide you with invaluable advice and guidance throughout the entire home buying process. Not to mention that a realtor has access to extensive networks and resources that will be incredibly helpful. However, knowing how to find a good agent can be tricky.
Ask Friends and Family for Referrals
The easiest way to get started is to speak with friends, family, or even coworkers who have recently bought or sold a house. They should be able to provide you with the name of a local agent that they recommend.
Do a Local Search Online
If you don’t know anyone who has worked with a real estate agent recently, then you can simply begin a search online. Just be sure to look for agents in the area where you’re looking to buy a house. All agents should have some kind of online presence. At the very least, they should have a social page (such as a Facebook page) where you can read up on them and contact them with ease.
Find an Agent at an Open House
Another option is to begin looking at homes that you might be interested in and to attend an open house. The agent representing the seller will be at the open house. Many agents represent both buyers and sellers. Speak with the agent to determine if they are someone you want to work with and then ask them if they represent buyers. Even if they don’t, they may be able to refer you to a buyer’s agent.
Read Online Reviews
Once you’ve come up with a list of names, begin doing some research. Not all real estate agents are reputable, so it’s important that you do your due diligence. It shouldn’t be difficult to find online reviews. Remember that it’s not always possible to have 100 percent positive reviews. If an agent has one or two negative reviews amidst hundreds of positive reviews, then they’re probably not a bad option. Every agent isn’t going to be a good fit for every client, and nobody is perfect. Even real estate agents. Trust someone who isn’t trying to portray themselves as such.
Ask Agents for Referrals
When speaking with different agents, be sure to ask them for referrals. A reputable agent will have no trouble providing you with a handful of referrals that you can contact. And if a name comes up several times from their peers, it’s probably a safe bet that they are worthy of consideration. You should be wary about working with an agent that either doesn’t have any referrals to provide or refuses to provide them.
Look for Experience
The more experience a real estate agent has, the less issues you’re likely to have throughout the home buying process. An experienced agent can help you avoid some of the more common pitfalls, while also helping find solutions to various issues that might present themselves. It’s also important that you make sure you find an agent with experience helping buyers and not just sellers — and who has experience helping buyers in the area you want to live in. It’s not going to be very helpful to hire an agent who has decades of experience from out-of-state who isn’t familiar with the local real estate market.
Look for an Agent That Works Full Time
Last, but not least, find an agent who works full time. Many people only work as part-time agents, which means that they may not be as easy to get ahold of, or isn’t available when you are, or doesn’t have a lot of time to market your property or help you find one.
Use these tips to help you find a good real estate agent. Working with a real estate agent will help make the home buying process much less stressful, especially if you find a local agent who will work with you closely to address your specific home buying needs. Our reputation at Amberwood Real Estate speaks for itself, and thanks to our dedicated, experienced agents, we can confidently help you find the home of your dreams or help you sell your current home fast. Contact our office today to get your real estate plans moving in the right direction.