Recently there was an article on Mint.com titled “What To Look For In A Realtor“. This article gives some excellent advice about to how to choose a realtor and what you should look for. For most people, buying a home will be the most expensive purchase they ever make. Further, most people will only buy or sell a house a few times in their life so you want to make sure that you have seasoned professionals in your corner. That includes your Realtor. You will spend more time with your Realtor than any other person involved in the purchase or sale of a home, so you want to make sure that they are the best.
Some points to remember when choosing your Realtor:
1. Make sure you like them
Like I said above, you are going to spend a lot of time with them. If you are buying a home, you are going to go with them to open houses and showings. You are most likely going to be in a car with them driving between homes and then with them at the homes. You have to like them and trust them. If you are not happy with your Realtor, find another one. There are plenty to choose from.
2. Ask Questions
You should feel comfortable enough with them to ask any and all questions you have. If you are selling your home, you should ask them questions such as “Will my home be listed on the Multiple Listing Service?” and “How long will my house be listed with you?” If you are buying a home, you should always ask whether the Realtor is working for you or the seller. Many times the Realtor is the Listing Agent and is working on behalf of the seller to help them sell the house. Any questions you have you should get an answer that is clear and concise. You should not be left wondering what is going on.
If you ask your Realtor for a referral, remember that it is just a referral. You are in no way obligated to use the attorney, appraiser, or mortgage broker that they recommend. You are always free to choose whomever you wish to represent your interests. However, Realtor’s can usually give you a referral to someone in the area and most likely, they have a relationship with them.
Remember that buying or selling a home is a lengthy, complicated process that requires you to be involved in every step. Make sure that you are choosing someone that you are comfortable with to have a relationship with for a few months.