A home is probably the biggest investment you will ever make. It is not just a monetary investment; trust that this home will endure through the years, be safe, and be in a good neighborhood with good schools for your children. When buying your home, you need to work with someone you trust to meet your needs. This is why finding a good real estate agent is so important. Here are some steps to get started.
The first step in choosing a good real estate agent is finding real estate agents in your area. The best way to find a real estate agent in your area is through referrals. Ask friends, family, or colleagues who have bought or sold a home for good recommendations. If you can’t get references, check with your local real estate association. You may also want to go to some open houses. Even if you are not interested in that particular home, it gives you a chance to meet the real estate agent and decide if it might be right for you. If you don’t have options yet, you can always drive through the neighborhoods that interest you and look at the names on the signs. You can also browse local house listings. You may not know how good the realtor is, but you will still have names to work with. You can also get names from billboards and advertisements, but beware of someone with advertisements everywhere. If a real estate agent is really good, he gets a lot of business returned and referrals. This means that they shouldn’t need to do a lot of advertising.
Once you have a few options for real estate agents, you should schedule interviews with each of them. If you don’t want to go to your office, schedule a meeting at a coffee shop or other place where you feel comfortable. Before the interview, write down the questions you want to ask them so that you know you are not forgetting anything. While the questions asked depend on your preferences, it is always good to know if you are a licensed real estate agent, how much experience you have, and how familiar you are with the neighborhoods you want to live in. You should also find out their availability. If you have a lot of clients, it may take them so long to talk to you about a home on the market that you miss out on the opportunity to bid on your dream home. If you have children, make sure they know about the schools in the area. You also need to make sure that the price range your realtor specializes in matches yours.
Above all, you want to find a real estate agent that you feel comfortable with and that you think understands your needs. You want someone who works in your best interest. If you think someone doesn’t understand your needs, move on to your next interview. It may take time to find someone you feel comfortable with, but if you keep looking, chances are you will. Good luck and happy home hunting.