Looking for an agent to help you buy a home?
Buying a home can seem overwhelming, but you don’t have to go it alone. A great buyer’s agent will help you through the home buying process like a Sherpa helps get you to the top of the mountain one step at a time and carries the heavy load for you. Therefore, you want to find a great agent to help Sherpa you through the process, so you don’t fall off the mountain.
Since you will be living in your home for the next five to ten years you don’t want to have a bad expanse shape the way you feel about your new home. A Buyers agent can help you find the home of your dream’s vs the money pit that just looks good on the outside and leads to all kinds of undo stress after you close. They can also help you get the best home in your budget without bidding on multiple homes that end up going into multiple offers that drive the sales price out of your range.
Where do you find potential agents?
There are so many to choose from that most Buyers turn to trusted friends, family and the guy down the hall at the office who just bought a home. The National Association of Realtor research says 52% of buyers 36 and younger found their Real Estate Agent through a referral. This is a good place to acquire a list of names to help you start your research on who is going to be the best agent for you.
Realtor.com, Zillow, and Trulia all have agent finders’ tools on their sites for you to find an agent near you or the area you are looking to buy in. These sites also provide ratings and reviews from past clients to help give you an insight into an agent’s reputation. Do keep in mind that there are varying policy’s about weather agents can edit or remove reviews, so use your own discretion.
What is important to consider when selecting a real estate agent?
These sites will also provide you some insight into the agent’s sales history. You want to look for an agent who:
- Has a large number of sales in the area you are looking to buy in.
- They will have the local market knowledge to help you achieve your goal.
- You want to find an agent that is committed to the industry and actively practicing Real Estate and not just someone who has a license but no knowledge of what is going on in the market you are looking to buy in.
Keep in mind this is not a perfect system either some agents work on teams were there is one agent that gets the credit for the sale, so it looks as though they have never sold any homes.
Interview your shortlist before making your choice
The best way is to take the information you have gathered from friends, family and online and meet with at least 3 agents in person. Your goal during these conversations is to understand the agent’s experience, personality and working style. Ask yourself:
- Is this someone you would want to work with?
- Do you feel you can trust them?
- Do they communicate in the way you want to be communicated with?
You can only find this out in person. Ultimately you want to trust your gut to help you make the right decision for you.