There are very few transactions that can feel as stressful as buying or selling a house. It can feel like nothing goes to plan and you spend a lot of time waiting around. Having a good real estate agent on your side can make all the difference.
Whether you are in the market for somewhere now or you are looking to sell your own property, it is a good idea to take your time and find a real estate agent that is a good fit for you and what you need.
How do you find the right person?
Ask people you know to recommend someone
People move houses all the time. Asking around can be a good place to start when it comes to finding a real estate agent. Perhaps someone you know has recently moved house or maybe someone has an agent they have used for years and really like. Once you start asking around, you might find the same name coming up a few times.
This is beneficial as it means that you are working with someone you know is good at their job. It takes away some of the risks of just using a real estate agent you find online.
Find a good match
You will be working closely with this person throughout the buying or selling of a home, so you need to get along with them.
Finding an estate agent that “gets” you and what you want can be accomplished by speaking with a couple of people before you make a decision.
Think of it like an interview
Try to interview about 3 different estate agents before you make a final choice so you get a good idea of what you are looking for.
Asking some questions is important in understanding what kind of service you are going to get:
- Do you have a limit on how many clients you work with at once?
- What are your specialties?
- What is your background?
- Do you have any references?
Having the right people in place when going through a house sale or purchase is key to making the process go as smoothly as possible.