Top Three Things to Look for When Choosing a Real Estate Agent
I’ve been helping homebuyers, sellers & investors in the Denver/Boulder area find the best real estate for their needs for over 10 years. Here’s some advice on what to look for when choosing a real estate agent.
Buying a home offers so many stresses along with the rewards. There are mortgages to contend with, movers to find, and those are only after you’ve found the house that’s worth the time and money. Finding a good real estate agent can save you a good deal of agony on that first, and perhaps most important, step.
Here are three things to look for when deciding who should represent you in this exciting journey.
How to Find Your Real Estate Agent
Tip #1: Get recommendations from your friends and family members
As with any other part of your life, advice from those closest to you can and often should have an impact on your choices on everything from restaurants to major purchases. Finding a real estate agent is no different.
While it’s easy to be blindsided by advertisements for real estate agencies and agents in the local paper, those advertisements only highlight the positives. Your friends’ experiences will give you a look at both the upsides and downsides of the process, giving you a good idea who will be the most trustworthy and sympathetic agent overall.
Tip #2: Find an agent who knows your desired location
Whether you have only a general idea of what you’re looking for or have a list of specific neighborhoods, you want to make sure your agent knows the area and can tailor listings in a given area to your needs. An agent with in-depth knowledge of the city you’re looking in can spare you from spending time looking at a property whose profile won’t fit your needs.
I live, work and play in the Denver/Boulder area and know the neighborhoods like the back of my hand. I can help you find that perfect home, in the perfect neighborhood–even if you don’t know the perfect neighborhood for you yet.
Tip #3: Ask about your real estate agent’s connections
Since home-buying is a multi-step process, hiring an agent who can connect you with a good inspector, appraiser, and loan officer can smooth the purchase process considerably. This will save you time and will ensure that paperwork gets transferred more efficiently.
Finding a house doesn’t need to be a harrowing experience. Making sure that your real estate agent has your best interests at heart will allow you time to focus on finding your home and preparing for the next big step in your life.