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How to Find a Realtor That Will Work with Your Home-Finding Style

Written by Posted On Monday, 01 May 2017 19:06

When you're in the market to buy a home, the real-estate agent is your partner. He or she will be so influential that home styles and pricing can depend on their expertise in the industry. For these reasons, it's crucial to find an agent who will represent your needs as you narrow down the perfect property.

Research the Previous Sales

There's no need to contact an agent yet when you can perform some research right now. Because property sales are public information, look up the previous sales performed by a particular agent. Explore the fine details of the sales, such as time in escrow or prices. Make a note of where the homes are normally located. Some agents focus on a particular area for their sales. If you're not pleased with the neighborhoods, you may need to look for another representative.

Explore Social Media

Look up the agent's handle or username through different social-media accounts. Most professionals use social media to connect with colleagues and clients. They'll also keep up with satisfied clients that have their properties already. Take a look at the posts by the agent along with any responses. Ideally, the professional should use social media as a way to find, secure, and advertise specific properties. A lack of activity through these accounts should be cause for concern. He or she may not be able to find the home you desire without these online connections.

Connect With Previous Clients

Try to speak to a previous client serviced by the agent. You might connect with neighbors or loved ones who have experience with them. Some companies, like Re/Max River & Sea, know that you should ask for their honest opinions regarding services and home-finding abilities. Truthful answers will help you find the right candidate, as dozens of agents service one area.

Interview Several Candidates

Research and recommendations can only help you to a certain point. Set up an interview with two or three different agents. Get to know each individual so that you feel comfortable with their style. When one agent stands out above the rest, you have the right candidate to find that dream home in no time.

Real-estate agents receive a commission for their work. That fact is part of the industry, but it is negotiable. Before you pair up with any agent, ask about their commission rate. You may be able to barter the amount down so that you pay as little as possible. Paying a fair amount for their services is reasonable for any buyer or seller.

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Rachelle Wilber

Rachelle Wilber is a former real estate agent now turned freelance writer that specializes in home realty, mortgage, and building. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

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