There is lots to think about if you want to buy or sell a home. Although it is now possible to do everything online, it is still better to find a good realtor to work with. Hence, let’s take a look at a few of the things to be aware of when choosing your realtor.
First of all, always ask for recommendations. However, you need to look for more as well. Take the time do a lot of research. Your realtor should also be experienced in your needs. You shouldn’t look for someone that sells apartment blocks if you are looking for a beach house. Do make sure you actually speak to a realtor you are considering. Ask how they will represent you, what they cost, whether they have references and so on. You also need to talk about your expectations. They must understand your needs. Last but not least, make sure that your realtor is someone you like. The reality is that you will struggle to trust someone who you don’t like. The last thing is that you need to find someone that is very experienced. Most of us would like to help people to get their foot in the door and climb the professional ladder, but it can be hard to trust someone inexperienced when you are talking about thousands of dollars.
If you are looking at making a property purchase, you shouldn’t work with the seller’s realtor who is already involved in the sale. By law, the realtor will have to pass on any information you give to the seller as well. In the same manner, if you want to sell, you shouldn’t work with your potential buyer’s realtor either. You should work with someone that represents just you. Start by asking people you know whether they can refer you to a realtor. Another place to look for a good realtor is the NAR (National Association of Realtors. Finding a NAR realtor means that you are guaranteed to be represented ethically and professionally. Don’t choose the first and only realtor you speak to, however, but look around at a few different ones first. Make sure they have a great understanding of your needs, so they an start making suggestions too. These conversations can help you determine just how much a realtor knows about a specific neighborhood, house prices and so on. If you want to sell your home, find out how the realtor has done in the past. Do they usually sell under, on or over the original asking price?
With the above two tips, you should be able to find the realtor who best represents your needs. Whether you want to buy or sell, you should always work with a realtor. One of the things they are most aware of is whether it is a buyers’ or sellers’ market and this is vital in terms of being able to pay as little as possible for a property, or to