When buying or selling your home, it is very important that you pick the right agent for your needs. You always want to make sure your agent has your best interest at heart and can find or sell your home in a timely manner, with as less stress on you as possible.
One way to start looking for a good agent is to ask your friends or family to refer you to one that they have used in the past. When you ask the people you trust, you are almost guaranteed a good transaction, after all your friends and family are willing to refer their business so the agent must have done something right. This also ensures the agents quality of work. A good agent puts customer satisfaction first.
With all the technology and online advertising we have these days, you can easily turn to the web. There a hundreds of thousands of agents who advertise their services and listings on the web, unlike referrals, this does not insure quality, but you can always pick a handful and interview them to see if they are a good fit for you.
If you are in the market to buy, you may want to consider going to local open houses in the areas you are considering buying in. A good agent will get out there and sit an open house in hopes of a buyer like you coming in. This also gives you an opportunity to see how the agent acts in a professional working environment. You can also do this by taking numbers from listing signs in your neighborhood.
After you have picked a few agents that spark your interest, you will want to interview them. Have them come to your home, and ask them some simple questions to see the two of you work together.
First you want to ask them how long they have been in the business. Experience is key in getting your home sold or in purchasing the one of your dreams. Make sure they have sufficient experience to help you with your needs. Ask the agent how they plan on marketing your home. If youre selling your home, you want to ask them exactly how they plan on selling your home, what advertising they will use and where they will advertise? Will they send mailers? Do they have a sample of the flyer they are planning on using in your home. And most importantly, do they market online. You will also want to know how much they charge, and if they have references. If you are a buyer you want to ask them the agent the ways they will search for the homes, how many homes you will have to see before you find the one you love. Make sure that they are working hard to find you the perfect home at the perfect price.
Once you have decided on an agent, either for buying or selling, you want to make sure to read all documents that are given to you before signing. This is very, very important. There are so many documents that come with the purchase or sale of a home, that you want to make sure you are clear on all the legalities’ and fine print, in case anything should arise in the future. If you don’t feel comfortable with something you see, do not sign anything and speak to an attorney should you have any other questions.