Buying a new home is a life-changing event, even if you’ve done it before. You want to make sure you have the right real estate agent to guide you through the process and make sure you know all of your options!
With that in mind, how can you tell if a real estate agent is the right fit for you?
How To Choose a Real Estate Agent
Here are a few things to remember when choosing real estate agents.
1. They Should Build a Relationship With You
Your real estate agent probably isn’t going to get a dedicated page in your family photo album, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to have a good working relationship with them.
A great real estate agent will keep communication open. If you schedule a call or an appointment with them, they’ll be there. And they’ll be honest about the homes they show you, even if they could earn a higher commission by selling you a house that’s outside of your budget or in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
2. They’re Part of a Good Team
When it comes to buying a home, you want to make sure your real estate agent is both qualified and experienced. There are exceptions to every rule, but in general, you’re better off working with someone who’s part of a reputable agency, rather than a family member’s recommendation.
3. They’re a Problem Solver
You want to get the best deal on your new home. But can you recognize the difference between a fixer-upper with good bones and one that will drag you into debt with extensive repairs? A good agent can.
Your real estate agent should show you both the good and the bad in your potential home. If there’s a problem with an easy solution — like a drab, dusty room that only needs a fresh coat of paint — they’ll recognize it and point it out to you.
Signs of a Bad Real Estate Agent
You know what qualities to look for in a real estate agent, but how do you steer clear of the bad ones? Here are a few red flags to look out for.
1. Lack of Communication
Communication is a two-way street, and you’ll need a real estate agent who will cooperate. A bad real estate agent may not return your messages. Or maybe they’ll show you a house that’s outside your budget or in an entirely different style than you wanted.
A breakdown in communication can quickly set you back, whether you’re buying a house or selling one.
2. Power Struggles
Buying a home is one of the most significant purchases you’ll ever make — and you’ll probably only do it a few times in your life, if not once. On the other hand, real estate agents deal with purchases of this scale every day. That doesn’t mean they have the power in this situation. You do.
You’re the one making a personal investment. The right agent will recognize that, while a bad real estate agent might try to pressure you into buying a home you can’t afford or don’t love. Choose a real estate agent who will respect your opinions and decisions.
Ready To Find Your New Home?
If you’re still searching for someone to help you find the perfect home, look no further than CENTURY 21 Core Partners. Our team of experienced REALTORS® would love the opportunity to get to know you, so contact us today.
You’re not just buying a home — you’re building a future. CENTURY 21 Core Partners can help.