a good one isn't difficult if you take your time.
Knowing the types of qualities you want will
help narrow the field.
Finding the right one isn't that
difficult. You just need to take a few precautionary steps. There are a few simple
rules to use when choosing an agent. Keep these in mind when launching your search
and you should do fine.
1. You want a Real Estate Agent who takes the time to understand your needs: Find an agent who will review your
goals with you and what features and amenities you are looking for. An Agent who
spends more time with you is better equipped to find a home that will fit your
needs and won't waste your time showing you homes that don't make sense.
You want a Real Estate Agent who is familiar with the area: Find an agent who
knows about each of the communities in the area. The agent should know about the
recreational facilities nearby, distance from shopping and the unique features
of each neighborhood. You don't want vague answers when it comes to the location
of amenities and services that will determine the quality of your life in that
3. You want a Real Estate Agent who can choose from
a large number of homes: Find an agent who is part of at least one local MLS (multiple
listing service). This will provide the agent with a larger number of homes to
show you than just the homes available through their office. Approximately 70%
of homes that are purchased are shown through the MLS. Don't limit your choices.
Not every agent will have this type of access.
4. You want
a Real Estate Agent who can provide al the services you need: Choose an agent
who has the products, services and resources to find the perfect home for you.
Not every agency will offer the same services. Check around for the widest variety.
5. Choose an Agent who really listens to your needs: There
is nothing worse than spending time looking at homes that don't meet your basic
needs. Find an agent who will take the time to listen to your needs and find homes
that are suitable. You want someone who is as interested in finding the right
home for you as you are.
But how do I interview an agent to see if those qualities are present? Keep going
and we will give you some tips.
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