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Thinking Of Buying/Selling A Home? Read This First!!

Joseph Lopez

Here at the JLG, Joseph strives to give the best customer service and is here to help you find your next dream home...

Here at the JLG, Joseph strives to give the best customer service and is here to help you find your next dream home...

Feb 5 6 minutes read

For most people, their home is the biggest investment of their life. Whether you're buying or selling a home, you want to be sure you're maximizing that investment. Choosing the right Realtor can make a big difference in how fast you find or sell a house, the price you pay or receive and the smooth completion of the transaction.

You'll need to do some research to find the Agent that's right for you. So whether you're the buyer or the seller, here are some tips you should know before making your final selection on who to hire!

 

Experience Counts:

Whether you're looking for a Realtor to help you buy or sell a house, you don't want to be part of someone's learning curve. Look for agents with a lot of experience, particularly in the area and price range where you intend to buy. These agents will be familiar with what’s on the market and the history of the market in the area, and they can help you differentiate between good and bad options. Price range is important too; an agent who focuses on low-income housing isn’t a great choice if you’re looking to buy a luxury home, and vice versa!
An agent with the most closings isn’t necessarily the best agent for you, so don’t be fooled by that. The most important thing is commitment to you as a client, which is something you can only assess in a personal meeting. As you narrow down your list, start contacting agents to meet with them. Ask them about their working hours to see if they’ll be able to work with your own schedule and determine if they’ll have time to really focus on your needs as a client. Find out more about how long they’ve been in the business, and take time to ask questions.                   
A good agent will be happy to go over information you’ll need to make informed choices. The agent can walk you through the buying or selling process, define terms, talk about contingency plans, and more. If the agent is patient, friendly, and informative, that’s a good sign. If you’re being pressured to list or sign immediately with the agent or he/she are reluctant to take time to go over information with you, move on.
Once you've done some background work, set up interviews with three or four Realtors you're considering. You might also want to visit open houses to observe the agent in action. Are they familiar with the property, the area, the real estate transaction? Did they show the home in a professional manager? Did they seem enthusiastic and were they easy to communicate with?

Get Referrals:

A good agent will be happy to provide you with a list of referrals from their most recent transactions. Such list should include the property address, clients name, clients phone number, and whether the client was a Buyer or Seller. This agent should not have any issues with you contacting any if not all of the referrals to get as many details as possible about their buying or selling experience with the particular agent. Were they happy with the service they received? Would they use the Realtor again? If available, you can also check their Zillow, Trulia, Yelp, etc. page for reviews. 

Interview a Few Candidates :

Once you've done some background work, set up interviews with three or four Realtors you're considering. You might also want to visit open houses to observe the agent in action. Are they familiar with the property, the area, the real estate transaction? Did they show the home in a professional manager? Did they seem enthusiastic and were they easy to communicate with?

Agree on Expectations

If you're selling a house, ask your agent to put together a written marketing plan detailing the steps they will take to sell your home. The agent should offer advice on how to prepare your home for the market and who has enthusiasm for your property. If you're buying a home, make sure you know how often your agent will supply you with listings, how many houses you can expect to see in a week, etc.

Don't Be Afraid To Ask Questions:

Ask about how many listings the agent has, how many homes he/she has sold in your area, how often he/she will communicate with you – and in what format – and who he/she will represent in the transaction.
If you’re a seller, ask how the agent will market your home, who the target buyer is and how he/she will get your home in front of those preferred buyers.
If you’re a buyer, make sure your agent listens to your specific needs and don't waste your time showing homes that don't meet your criteria. Don't be afraid to ask how often the agent will send you listings and whether he/she has worked with other buyers in your situation and most importantly ask how they plan on negotiating on your behalf.

You'll need to do some research to find the agent that's right for you. It's not hard, but it will take a little time; however, finding the right match will pay off in the long run!

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