Hiring a real estate agent is one of the best decisions you can make during the home buying process. Not only is it completely free for you as a buyer, their advice can be the difference between getting your dream home or a fruitless search. But how do you choose an agent?
Hire a Realtor
There are many great real estate agents out there, but finding the best doesn’t have to be difficult. To begin, hire a full-time realtor with experience who isn’t just selling real estate as a part-time hobby. Realtors are licensed, trained and have a strict ethical code that they must follow in order to do their jobs.
Ask for referrals and references
Go straight to the source, and ask your friends and family for ideas if they’ve recently bought or sold a house. Chances are, they’ll have a recommendation for you, whether it’s positive or someone you might want to stay away from.
Other professional services
It takes years to build solid relationships with real estate lawyers, home inspectors and other professionals who are a part of the home buying or selling process. A great realtor will be able to refer you to some of these services due to their experience, while some of these professionals will also be able to recommend a realtor they trust.