There is lots to think about if you want to buy or sell a home. As much as we can do things online now, it remains incredibly important to work with a good realtor. Let’s explore some of the things you should and shouldn’t do when picking a realtor.
First of all, always ask for recommendations. However, do make sure you look deeper as well. Spend some time properly researching as well. Make sure you find a realtor that has a specialization in the properties you are interested in. If you have a $200,000 budget, for instance, then you shouldn’t work with a realtor that sells $2 million properties. Always take the time to interview a potential realtor. Ask how they will represent you, what they cost, whether they have references and so on. You also need to talk about your expectations. It is important that they understand your needs. Last but not least, make sure that your realtor is someone you like. If not, you will find it hard to trust them. Lastly, try to find a realtor that has a lot of experience. Although you might want to help out someone who is just starting in the world of real estate, would you really trust them with the thousands and thousands of dollars involved in these transactions?
Don’t work with the realtor of the owners of the property you are planning to purchase. This is because if you reveal any information that you could use in negotiations, the realtor would be obliged by law to pass that on to the seller as well. If you hope to sell your property, you also shouldn’t work with the realtor representing the opposing side. You should work with someone that represents just you. Start by asking people you know whether they can refer you to a realtor. You can also contact the NAR (National Association of Realtors) in order to find a professional for you. The greatest benefit of working with a NAR agent is that you know they are both professional and ethical. Don’t choose the first and only realtor you speak to, however, but look around at a few different ones first. You should discuss your needs with them, finding out what kind of suggestions they offer. This will give you a general idea of just how familiar the agent is with prices and neighborhoods, for instance. If you want to sell a property, you must find out how well the realtor has performed in the past. You need to find out their track record in terms of selling above or below the asking price.
The information above has been designed to help you choose a good realtor. Their service is about ensuring you can find the home of your dreams. This is why it is so important to only work with someone that will truly do their best for you.