You did it! You saved your pennies, did your research, and are feeling ready to tackle the exciting challenge of purchasing your first home! If you feel confident in your real estate knowledge and negotiating abilities, you’re more than willing to go it alone. But, if you’re looking for someone to walk you through the entire process, you’ll want to select a realtor.
Choosing a great realtor is an important ingredient in ensuring you have a successful — and even easy! — home purchasing experience. Not quite sure what to look for when selecting an agent from the endless sea of options? Here are some tips to help you find your perfect match!
1. Find someone you click with.
Whether you’re buying a home or selling your own, you don’t need me to tell you that it’s not always a quick process. So, you should prepare for the fact that you could potentially be spending a lot of time with your realtor — and, that’s definitely easier if you actually like them!
Meet with a few different agents to find one that you have really great chemistry with. Of course, you don’t need to share candlelit dinners and longs walks. But, if you’re going to be spending a bunch of time with them, it helps if your personalities mesh. Plus, having a realtor that you feel comfortable and relaxed with will encourage you to be more honest about the entire experience and ask any burning questions you might have.
2. Do some digging.
Chemistry is one thing. But, you obviously want your realtor to have the credentials and qualifications to back all of that charisma up. So, roll up your sleeves and do some research to make sure they’re the best fit for the job.
If you know someone who’s used that realtor before, ask them some questions about their experience with that particular agent. Would they recommend them? Or, would they warn you to stay far, far away? Visit some websites to take a look at their current listings. This will help you determine if that realtor has experience in the particular price range you’re hoping to buy or sell in. You can also use a site like Zillow to read through some reviews and feedback about different realtors—so you can get a general idea of their reputation.
3. It’s all about connections.
There are a lot of people involved in the home buying process. From bankers, other agents, and title companies to home inspectors and movers, it pretty much takes a village to get you settled into your new digs. And, it’s definitely helpful if your realtor has connections and good relationships with all of them.
Find a realtor who’s both well known and well liked in your community. That way, they’ll be able to recommend different companies and individuals to help you throughout the process. Plus, whether you’re buying or selling, it never hurts to have a realtor that has great relationships with other agents! It just makes the entire process go smoother.
Buying (or selling!) a home can feel a little stressful. But, having a great realtor by your side will take some of the anxiety out of the experience. Keep these three key tips in mind to find a realtor that will make the entire process easy — and enjoyable!
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