Anyone that has ever bought a home can tell you how much work it really is. As this can be a very hectic and stressful process, it is important to surround yourself with people that are going to make your life easier throughout this transition period. The best way to do this is to hire a knowledgeable real estate agent who is professional and courteous. There are countless options out there; the task falls to you however, to pick the one that will help you in the best way.
But how do you decide who is the best match for you and your future home, when each agent makes stronger statements than the last regarding their supremacy within the market? Well, there are a few tips that will aid you in your search for your perfect real estate professional. Start by researching all the options you have and contacting those that seem feasible. Often times, the quickest way to find quality real estate representation is to ask friends and family about professionals that they have worked with in the area and their experiences with them. When you are first meeting a potential agent, try to meet them in a working setting so you can get a feel for the way that they do business. One of the first things you should look for in potential agents is whether or not their background and experience is conducive to your needs. Get a sense of how knowledgeable they are by asking multiple questions, preferably specific to your situation.
Another large indicator of the proficiency of the broker is the esteem in which their colleagues hold them. Peer-selected distinctions are a positive sign for a broker’s credibility. A few more beneficial things to keep in mind when on your search is to take note of the number of properties that any particular agent has closed, make sure that their work is enhanced through use of the internet, and whether or not they specialize in homes like the one you are looking for.
A real estate agent can have all the accolades and distinctions out there, but what really separates great agents from good agents is whether or not they cultivate strong relationships with their clients. The agent-client relationship must be a comfortable one in order for the situation to work out as best as possible. They should also be an agent that is connected with the communities and areas where you are looking to buy a home. Having this intimate insight into the area will be an invaluable asset in helping you decide on your next home. Main things to keep in mind are to take your time and make sure it feels right before continuing with any decisions. With these considerations in mind, you will surely find the perfect fit.
Karin Gage is a broker with Summit Sotheby’s International Realty in Deer Valley, Utah. Karin Gage spent 15 years in the St. Louis, MO real estate market before moving to Utah where she worked for the past 18 years.