How Do I Find a Buyer’s Agent?

“How do I find a buyer’s agent” is a common question among homebuyers.  Representation in the legal process to purchase a home is crucial for a majority of home buyers.  With that in mind, we thought that we would offer a few top suggestions regarding how to find a buyer’s agent.

How to Find a Buyer’s Agent

•    Ask your family, friends, or co-workers for suggestions about any real estate agents that they may know who they would recommend.
•    Look for realtors in your local area.  Your local paper, the Yellow Pages, and the Internet are all ideal sources to find local agents.  Consider the company’s advertising, their history and professionalism, and any testimonials that are offered.
•    Select a few companies with a solid reputation.  Let the company know what you are looking for in a real estate agent and ask them to make a few recommendations.
•    Interview agents.  Ask questions, and determine their skills.  You should feel comfortable with the agent.

What to Ask a Prospective Agent

Q.  How long have you been a real estate agent?
Real estate agents with experience are typically the best choice.  They have experienced the real estate market’s ups and downs and have acquired the skill to negotiate.  However, you want to be certain that they have the time available to dedicate to your home search- which is often a benefit of a fresh real estate agent.

Q.  Are you a full-time real estate agent?
The benefit of a full-time real estate agent is that their focus is 100% on real estate.  Full-time agents typically utilize the latest technological advancements and developments, as well.

Q.  Have any clients ever filed a complaint?
If you find that a complaint has been filed against them, then ask for all the facts.

Q.  Do you have referrals I can contact?
Ask for references and by all means, call them.

Q.  How much time will you spend with me?
If you are only available on certain days of the week, or certain hours, than you need to ensure that the real estate agent works those hours.

Q.  Do you work as part of a team?
If the real estate agent is part of a team, ask if other agents will be showing you homes, as well.

Q.  How many buyers have hired you in the last year?
If you find that the agent does not have a high volume of buyers he / she has worked with, then this may be an indication that they prefer to work with sellers, which may be where they are best.

Q.  Are you a specialist in the area I want to shop?
Agents that specialize in the area where you are shopping for a home, will be a benefit.  Ask the agent if he specializes in the area and what is his specific knowledge.

Q. Do you work in my price range?
Ask the agent if they work in the price range that you are shopping for.  For example if you are looking for a home in the $200K price range, and the real estate agent work in the high end price range, the agent won’t likely be a good fit.

When you interview agents you should be attracted to their experience, communication, and personality.  Communication throughout your real estate experience is vital.
With the right agent, the buying process is less stressful.

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