Choosing a Real Estate Agent
When it comes to life’s biggest chapters, they typically involve strong relationships that run the course. Forming strong bonds to achieve a win comes in the form of a doctor-patient relationship, a teacher-student relationship, a coach and player relationship, and most importantly for you now, a buyer realtor relationship. As funny as it may sound, the relationship you have with your realtor, whether buying or selling your home, can play a pivotal role in your homeownership successes for years to come. Choosing the right realtor can feel overwhelming. Follow these simple tips to partner up with the realtor of your dreams.
Make a list of your deal breakers
Like everyone, realtors have different styles when it comes to things such as selling, communicating, speaking and timeliness. Sit down and spend some time writing out a list of must-haves when it comes to potential realtors. Include deal-breakers and red flags, too. Just as much as you know what you want, know what you don’t want to.
Ask yourself questions like:
- What form of communication best works for me? Phone calls? In-person meetings? E-mail? Text?
- Do I need someone who specializes in a specific type of real estate?
- Does knowledge of the area matter most to me?
- Do I want someone who is fully in control of the process once I give them my preferences or, do I prefer to take the lead with a more laid-back realtor?
Ask around for recommendations
Most times, the most reliable information we receive is from people we know and trust. Don’t hesitate to ask friends and family about their purchasing experience, especially if they bought or sold in your target market. Often, someone in your inner circle has a realtor that they value and have created a relationship with based on past sale or purchase. Use any recommendations you receive as a stepping stone into your background research on potential realty candidates for you.
Do your research
Before you decide to initiate contact with a realtor, search your surrounding area for the realtors who specialize in your market. From there, narrow down your search by researching their websites, reviews and listings on their website. The internet is filled with an overflowing amount of information, so you are sure to find suitable details to get a general understanding of what each relator has to offer you. A realtor’s website can provide helpful insight into their style, specific customer feedback, credentials and market. Use this valuable tool to learn more about realtors in your area. Examine credentials and experience to use once you decide to move forward into the interview phase of selecting your realtor.
After you’ve created a list of 3 to 5 potential realtors that interest you, reach out to them to schedule a phone or video chat. These interviews do not have to be formal or overly planned but should include discovery questions that allow you to learn more about the realtor than what you can find online or by word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to let them know your goals when it comes to finding a realtor that is the best fit for you. An open and honest conversation will lead you to find the realtor that fits your home buying, or selling, plans perfectly.
To learn more about the realtors on the M.A. and Co. and see if they are the best fit for your current or future home plans, contact us today. We would love to talk through your vision of your home planning ideas in Massachusetts or New Hampshire.
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