Tips on choosing the right Realtor when buying or selling real estate.
Hiring the right real estate agent is the most important decision you will make during your real estate transaction. Your real estate agent is the person you are choosing to negotiate for you, to be available for you, to answer your questions, keep you informed and educate you on the housing market. You will be working closely with your Realtor and by taking these steps you have a better shot at finding an agent that is the best fit for you.
Meet and greet
Before signing a buyers agency agreement, make sure you meet the agent in person and maybe even see a few homes together before you commit. Let them know what you are looking for and get a feel for their personality, you should genuinely like the person. If you are buying real estate, ask them when they would be able to show you properties and how often to make sure there won't be a conflicting schedules. If you are selling a property, ask them how they plan to market you home to the largest amount of qualified buyers.
Realtors love to talk and the active ones really know the market well and can educate you on the current housing market. It isn't uncommon for buyers and sellers to have unrealistic expectations when it comes to home prices.
Do a little background research on your real estate agent. It's important to know if they are full time or part time agents. Always choose a Realtor who makes a career out of the profession, they are most likely to know the market standards well and will be of most value to you. Make sure you choose a local Realtor. Local doesn't imply to just one city, local agents generally work within a region.
Once you've signed an agency agreement with your Realtor, the most important thing you can do is tell them the truth about your situation- whatever it may be. Never hide anything regarding your finances or personal life that could prevent you from closing your loan or selling your home. This is especially true if you are listing a home to sell, never hide anything pertaining to the house- it could end up costing you a lot of money and you could even get sued.