If only more home buyers put as much thought and time into choosing their real estate as they did into choosing their home. Perhaps the overall home buying experience would go a lot more smoothly. It seems like it should go without saying that if you want to purchase the home of your dreams you should first choose the real estate agent of your dreams. However, it doesn’t always happen that way.
Many home buyers are so eager to get to the home search that they rush through the real estate agent selection process. Keep in mind that the real estate agent you choose is the person that you will be working with throughout the real estate transaction. While it is possible to “fire” your real estate agent and start over with a new one, you will lose a lot or ground this way.
You have the right to interview as many real estate agents as you would like to make a decision on the professional that you would like to work with. There are many real estate agents on the market to assist you. Each of these agents has a different level of experience and training. They also have different personalities and styles of working with you. Each of these has a factor on the experience you will have.
Don’t choose an agent just because he or she was conducting an open house that you attended. A real estate agent you meet in this way should be interviewed and referenced just like an agent that you cold-called or received as a reference from a family member or friend. Avoid making the assumption that just because a real estate agent is working an open house that the agent has experience. This is not always the case.
The best way to find a real estate agent is by asking for references from people you know who have recently purchased a home. This way you can find out a lot of valuable information about the agent before ever contacting him or her. Ask questions about the real estate agent. How did he or she handle the process? What things did the buyer not like about the agent? Did the agent listen to the buyer’s needs? These are just a few of the questions you need to have answered about a prospective real estate agent.
Once you have the contact information for a few real estate agents, you should begin interviewing them to inquire about their services. Ask about their specialties. Let the agent know what you are looking for in a home and ask how the agent can help you. Does the agent have experience in working with buyers that are looking for similar houses to you? What is the real estate agent’s success rate? Finding out this pertinent information about a real estate agent helps ensure you make the best decision.
After you have settled on a single real estate agent, enter an agreement that the agent will work with you exclusively. This prevents the agent from working as the seller’s agent in the even that the seller does not use an agent.
Bottom line is that there are a lot of real estates agents out there who are ready to help themselves to a cut of the check. At Atlanta Northwest Realty’s Paulding & Polk Team this isn’t how we do business all we want is for you to be happy with your new home. So let me, Craig Summers, have a few minutes of your time, I promise you will not be sorry. My experience and drive to put you before profit will leave you smiling while sitting in your dream home.
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