Purchasing or selling a home can be a frustrating process. So how do you know that you found the right agent that will give you the best home buying or selling experience possible? There are things to look for and red flags to keep in mind too. In this blog post I am going to share some tips with you, so you know what to look for when choosing a real estate agent.
It might not seem like it’s a big deal, but if you choose the wrong agent it could cost you in the long wrong. The wrong agent might not give you the attention you need, which could cost you not only time and money, but even your dream home.
There are a few things you really want to keep in mind when choosing the right agent for you.
Communication is key. You want to work with someone who not only has good communication with you, but also the other agent involved in the purchase as well. You want someone who can answer all of the questions you might have throughout the home buying/selling process
Now this isn’t saying you shouldn’t work with a real estate agent who is new. But make sure you ask them questions to make sure they understand what they are doing. You want them to be experienced enough that you will be confident in them to get you the best deal on your dream home.
The housing market varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. So you are going to want to find someone who knows the area you are wanting to buy or sell in. The best things to ask an agent about the market are if they know the average listing price for houses and the average time a house stays on the market for in the area you plan to purchase or sell in.
How You Get Along With Them
I would say that this is the most important factor to keep in mind. You want to work with someone you get along with. You are going to be talking to your real estate agent a lot throughout the home buying/selling process, so if you are working with an agent whose personality you don’t like, you won’t enjoy the process as much. If something feels off when you first meet them, trust your gut and interview someone else.
There are some red flags to keep an eye out for too when choosing a real estate agent. Here are some of the red flags you should be looking for when talking with potential agents to work with:
They Aren’t a Full Time Agent
This isnt always a bad thing, but you want to make sure that when you’re working with an agent, you and buying your home are their main focus. If the agent you choose isn’t full time, you want to make sure that you are a priority and can get as much of their time as possible.
They Don’t Specialize in Your Area
Remember how I said the market differs from neighborhood to neighborhood? This is what I am referring to when I say you should try to choose someone who specializes in that neighborhood. But not every agent is an expert in that area. With the help of websites like the Northwest Multiple Listing Service website, agents do have the ability to look up stats to areas outside their norm. Just make sure they are willing to put in the work to do so.
They Don’t Specialize in Your Property Type
Certain agents specialize in different types of properties. Some are experts at selling luxury homes, some are experts in dealing with commercial properties, and some one deal with farms. While it seems like most focus on residential listings like condos and single family homes, you want to make sure they understand the value of the property type you are working with.
They Don’t Typically Work in Your Price Range
To put it simply, an agent who is normally selling million dollar houses, isn’t going to take a buyer or seller that is only working in the $200,000 price range. They have bigger fish to fry. It all goes back to working with someone who is familiar with what you are looking for.
This list of things to look out for is just things to keep in mind. The best way to find out if you are working with the best real estate agent for you, is to be honest with what you are looking for and ask the agent any, and every, questions you have. If you want a house with a fireplace, tell them. If you really want a brand new, turn key home, tell them. If you want to know what the comps in your area are, ask them. The better you are at communicating with your agent, the better your home buying or selling transaction will be.
Written by Nikki Allen