When you know that it’s time to move, one of the most important steps is finding the right real estate agent for the job. Most people know several agents personally, so when trying to figure out who to choose, these elements of a good agent should be at the front of your mind.
- Explain your realistic options: Even though a real estate agent’s income relies on you buying a house, a good agent will NEVER try to convince you to buy property that you can’t afford. After all, the agent’s job is to be your advocate, and they should always talk about things in a realistic way that takes your priorities and financial situation into account. If you ever get the sense that your agent is promising you things that don’t seem possible, follow your gut and find someone that seems like they’re actually being open and honest with you. Most real estate agents would never lead you astray, but there are certainly some out there that don’t have their priorities straight.
- Help you envision what a house could be, not just what it currently is: A big part of being a real estate agent is being able to match clients with properties that they might like, and sometimes that means being able to see beyond the current state of the property to what it could potentially become with some small alterations. Whether that means adding a closet to a bonus room to turn it into another bedroom or redoing the cabinets in the kitchen to better match your ideal décor, an agent should be able to help you envision a house for what it could become, not just what it is.
- Explain every step of the process that you’ll go through so you never feel lost: Communication is key when making a purchase as large as a house or land, so any good agent will always make it their main priority to keep you in the loop on everything that is going on. If your agent isn’t telling you what’s going on with an offer that you’ve made or received, then that’s a sign that you’re not being treated like enough of a priority and that it’s time to find a new agent. After all, they’re getting paid a commission fee to make sure that you’re having a good experience and finding the right house for you.
- Send you properties that meet your desires: There are tons of tools out there in today’s modern technological world that will help you look for houses that might fit your needs, but if you find yourself doing the lion’s share of the work, that’s a sign that you don’t have a good agent. The best agents provide a combination of automated search portals and personal communication about houses they think will be fitting for your home search.
- Keep in contact and be reachable: While all agents live by pretty busy schedules, a good agent will sure make sure that they are easily accessible in case you ever have any questions. If you’re finding that every single time you need to contact your agent that you get sent to voicemail or it takes them five days to respond to a message, then you might want to think about getting a new agent who puts your needs as more of a priority. After all, good agents will not only answer your calls and get back to you as quickly as possible, but they will even frequently initiate a conversation as a way to check in and see how you’re doing.
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