Searching for a new home can be a real challenge on your own. This is why most people turn to the help of a real estate agent to help them find their dream home. Whether or not your search goes will be largely a matter of how well you mesh with your real estate agent. If you find somebody who knows what they are doing and who you get along well with, you will have a much better chance getting a good deal for your new home.
The fact that you need a good real estate agent is probably already obvious to you though. So the real question left is: What makes a good real estate agent? Sometimes the most unlikely of people excel at their job while others seem great but turn out to be lacking.
To make your life easier try to get a good real estate agent right from the start. Here are a few tips to help you along that path.
Talk With Past Clients
One of the best things that you can do right from the start is to ask for references and talk with some of their past clients. This will give you all the information you need from an unbiased source who has worked with them before. These are the people who will know that even though the agent looks unkempt and disorganized, he is amazing at tracking down deals and negotiating contracts.
Consider Years of Experience
A general rule of thumb is to go with an experienced veteran over the newer agent just starting out. While it can be fun to work with a younger agent who is super excited to have a client and will do anything to help you; it can get frustrating fast. This is because they are still learning the trade and do not have the years of experience to rely on.
An older agent will have many different contacts to find more homes for you to look at and since they are still in business after all this time, you know that there is a high chance of success with them.
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Always Check Credentials
There are a wide variety of credentials available that you may see. These credentials mean that the real estate agent has gone above and beyond by participating in extra training for specialized fields. Some examples are CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative), SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist, and NAR (National Association of Realtors) membership.
Are They Creative, Honest, and Optimistic?
When you’re searching for your real estate agent you want to find somebody who is creative, honest, and optimistic. This is because in many cases not everything goes smoothly while searching for a new home.
You need an honest agent who will not sugar coat things for you but will always tell you what is going on – even if it is bad news.
You need a creative agent who can work around the problems that come up, and won’t just give up on a home that you like when challenges arise.
And you need an optimistic agent. Somebody who always believes there is another home out there that is perfect for you. Even if it takes them looking at 50 different homes, they will put in the effort needed to get you into your dream home.