The Sloppy SearchIt
has its consequences!
Unfortunately, many first-time homebuyers don't
find an agent�the agent finds them!
Instead of interviewing several agents
on their own, they stumble across them while visiting open houses or brokerage
firms. Always looking for new clients, the agent might impress the homebuyer with
his or her apparent knowledge. BUT that's a haphazard, hit-or-miss method for
hiring a qualified, compatible person.
The Systematic SearchA better
Try this 3-step approach instead:
A � Ask friends and
associates for referrals.
Call several agents, and meet with the brighter
prospects to discuss your home search. Pay very close attention to their qualifications,
and their personality. Is it a good match?
B � Make sure they have
the experience, training and support you need.
Do they have experience
listing homes or assisting buyers in the neighborhoods where you're looking?
How many sale transactions did they close in the last year?
Can they find
the type of home and your wish list of features in the neighborhoods you're interested
C � Decide HOW the agent will represent you...
agent represents you is just as important as WHO represents you. Knowing the differences
between a seller's agent and buyer broker is absolutely critical.
Can Make a Big Difference in Your Systematic Search
How big? Read on...
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