Keep these tips
in mind when searching for the perfect agent for you.
Sure the Agent Knows You... And your needs.
make sure your agent knows what your needs are. You should make a list of your
wishes, wants and needs for them to see. This list will note all those items you
absolutely must have in the home (your "needs") to those items you would love
to have if money were no option (your "wishes). Anything that falls in between
these two categories is called your "wants"-it would be great to have them, but
you could live without them if you had to. Make notes and share them with your
agent. It will help them to find you the right home.
Sure They Are Available
They should be available at
Ask your agent what days they will be
available to view homes. They are supposed to work with you, and make it easy
with your busy schedule. Know up front what their schedule is going to be. If
they can't meet you on weekends and that is your only free time, you need to find
someone else. Your agent should work around your schedule, not the opposite. Let
your agent know what times are best for you and see if this is going to be a problem.
Target Purchase DateLet them know your time frame.
your agent know when you need to move, or if you have some flexibility. Your time
frame will determine the strategy of your search. Some homes may not be an option
for you if you have to move in by a certain date. You don't want your agent taking
you to homes that you may want only to find out they aren't available when you
need them to be.
Make Lists It will help keep you
Make a list for yourself of the ideal characteristics
of your ideal agent. Interview different agents and rank them against your list
of ideal characteristics. An objective list drafted ahead of time will help keep
you on track as you start your search.
Let's take a look
at some pitfalls to avoid when looking for a home or an agent:
1. Thinking you can do it alone because you have been through it before. You need
to take time to consider all the things a professional agent can bring to the
search. It may be worth getting some help, even if it is only to gain access to
2. Not knowing what you want can waste a lot
of time. . .and, if you are using a buyer broker, money.
Not realizing the differences among agents can make a big difference. If you don't
know that most agents (except exclusive buyer brokers) talk to the seller, you
may talk too much yourself. Learn the difference before you spend too much.
Not taking the time to properly interview an agent before signing on with them.
Agents are not all alike. Make sure you find one who will work with you and for
you on your terms. Find one that suits your needs, not the other way around.
Not realizing that the buyer broker costs you. Check around before signing with
one. You need someone who can get you a great deal and can save you enough money
on a home to more than pay for the services and still come out ahead. Not everyone
can do that.
That Concludes This Course
you willing to test what you've learned by taking a brief quiz on the material?
Be sure to review the sections of the course related to your WRONG answers!
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