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Saturday, January 25, 2014
How to choose a REALTOR®
This year you've made that all important decision to buy
your first home, or maybe sell an existing one. Now comes your second most
important decision—who’s going to help you with your real estate needs? There
are likely hundreds of Realtors in your area to choose from. Do I choose a
large firm or a small one to help me? Do I ask a friend for a referral, or
maybe you already have someone in mind.
It is important to note that everyone who has a real estate
license is not necessarily a REALTOR®. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that
identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL
ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
The first thing you want to do when choosing a real estate agent
is to have some idea of the type of person you work with best. Since we are in
the "people" business, it’s fair to say that not every client/agent
relationship will be a good match. Good agents are willing to go above and
beyond in order to help you reach your goals, however the way any two agents
get you there may be very different! Do you require that person to have a more
"hands on" or "hands off" approach? Do you hate texting and
require return phone calls, or maybe you prefer a quick text response? A good
working relationship with your agent will make you more confident in the
process, and more satisfied with the result.
Talk to friends who recently purchased or sold a home about
their experience with a particular Agent. You may want to ask how the
transaction went, their experience may be enlightening. Ask if they found their
agent to be knowledgeable enough about the kind of home and neighborhood they
were looking for. Was the agent supportive when giving recommendations on ways
to get the house ready to put on the market? If it was a particularly difficult
transaction, how well did he or she handle the pressure, and also help you to
relieve some of the stress surrounding the transaction.
The best thing you can do before deciding who is going to
represent you, is to interview recommended agents to make sure your goals and
styles align with one another. Your real estate agent has a fiduciary
responsibility to you, and should work in your best interest to make sure you
achieve your goal. It has been said that buying a home the biggest financial
decision you will ever make in your life. So it’s important to make sure that you
have a trusted advisor who is going to be there with you every step of the way.