By Carrie Reeder
Whether you are looking to sell or buy a home, working with a real estate agent can be your greatest asset. With their expertise and connections, you will save yourself both time and money. However, you want to find an agent that has your best interests at heart.
1. What Kind Of Agent Are They?
Not all real estate agents are the same. Some specialize in helping homeowners sell their property, so they are called seller agents. Others guide people through the home buying process, and are called buyer agents. And there are also realtors who can handle both sides of process, and may charge a smaller total commission.
By selecting either a buyer or seller agent, you ensure that your realtor is advocating for your side of the transaction. Seller agents will set a price point, advertise, and handle multiple bids. A buyer agent will prescreen homes, set up private showings, and walk you through closing the deal.
2. Do They Listen?
Some agents are more interested in collecting their commission than helping you. That’s why it is important to find a real estate agent who actively listens to you. A good agent will ask you questions, not just answer yours.
To find a listening agent, talk to them over the phone or in person. Ask questions, like what is involved in the process and how they can help. Use your instincts to decide if they are paying attention to you or reciting a sales pitch. Keep researching agents until you find one you are comfortable with.
3. Are They Flexible?
While expertise and friendliness are important, also ask about flexibility. Some agents have full time jobs which limits their availability. This can be a problem when you are trying to arrange showing times or sign escrow papers.
Before you start working with a real estate agent, ask about their schedule. Can you call or email them any time? What days do they do showings and walk-throughs?
Finding a good real estate agent can be the beginning of a helpful partnership that can last for several years. Make sure you take the time to find one that will truly earn their commission and get you the best deal.
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