Finding the Right Agent
Whether you're a first time homebuyer or a seasoned flipper, finding the right agent can make all the difference. Real Estate transactions can be stressful - you're dealing with tight timelines, banks, insurance, lawyers and home inspectors just to name a few. Trying to fit all of this into a narrow window while still working or raising the kiddos can quickly become overwhelming! That's why doing your homework and finding the right agent for you and your family is so important. Here are a few tips to consider:
How easy are they to get ahold of? There's so many fantastic agents out there and believe me when I tell you we're BUSY! But an agent should never be too busy to meet with you. Maybe they aren't available right this moment...but a great agent will schedule time to call you back or set up a meeting. If they can't fit you in now, how are they going to be able to once the ball gets rolling?
It's just a first date. Don't be afraid to have that initial meeting with a prospective agent. Sit down, chat with them about your intentions, your home, your wants & needs for a new home. They're getting to know you as much as you're getting to know them, but you're not committed. Maybe you have other agents you'd like to talk to first or another brokerage that you'd like to visit. Don't be afraid to let them know. This is potentially one of the largest purchases in your life and you want to be sure of the person you're choosing to help guide you through it. And if something just doesn't feel right - then move onto the next. A great real estate relationship is built on trust, respect and open communication.
Does the brokerage have a great reputation? Did you know that when you sign a representation agreement it's actually with the brokerage and not the agent you've chosen? As an agent, we are all representatives of the brokerage we work for. Your contract is with the brokerage and we (the agents) are able to act on behalf of the brokerage. Do your research, talk to people and feel it out. On a personal note - this is why it was so important to me to go with a recognized brand that I felt would stand behind it's agents and empower them to be the best they can be!
And finally, never discount a gut feeling. Maybe you've found an outstanding new agent who doesn't have a lot of referrals yet but you just know it feels right, or the opposite - you're meeting with a well seasoned agent who has tons of referrals but it just doesn't feel right for you. Either way - you're in charge! Take your time, do your research and ask questions.