Becoming a homeowner is many people's biggest dream while also being one of the biggest investments of their lifetime. Whether one is a first-time homebuyer or has been around the real estate block before, careful consideration must be taken to choose the best real estate agent to maximize on that investment. Finding a real estate professional with the ‘right stuff' to help potential buyers find the perfect home in a timely manner will require some research, but it's time wisely spent. Here are five quick tips for finding a top-notch real estate expert.
Professionalism, Reputation and Experience Matter
One of the biggest mistakes homebuyers make is choosing an agent based upon who's listed at the top of Internet searches or online reviews and testimonials. Buyers should take time to speak with potential candidates by phone to get a feel for their professionalism. Some things to discuss with agents before signing a contract include:
- How long they have been licensed.
- How many homes they have sold in the past year.
- How often they will supply updated listings.
- How many houses can they show per week.
- How often your agent will supply you with listings, how many houses you can expect to see in a week, etc.
- A request for a list of recent contacts.
If the answers received are promising and you feel good about the agent, go home and explore more about their reputation online and through calling referrals.
Home shoppers currently living out of the area where they want to buy should seek out an agent preferably living and selling within the targeted locale. These professionals will know the area's demographics, school ratings, understand the importance of current market trends, tax rates and average home prices within the community. Local agents also have the advantage of being able to show clients homes on the market as soon as they become available.
Interview Multiple Agents
Those in the market for a home should consider meeting with several candidates. Do some background research on preferred choices and have an in-person meeting or visit the agent's next open house unannounced to see them in action on the job. Observe how they interact with yourself and other potential buyers. Are they easy to talk to and are they enthusiastic about they home they're selling?
Price Range Considerations
Many real estate experts specialize in buying and selling homes within certain price ranges. For example, those who regularly sell million dollar homes might not be the best agent for buyers looking for more modest accommodations. Buyers should try to explore home sellers that concentrate somewhere near their target price range.
Agree Upon Expectations
Homebuyers need to be clear with agents about what features are must-have's and which ones are deal breakers. Agents also need to have an idea of a buyer's timeframe, budget and any areas of town that are preferable in order to better meet client's needs. Setting an agreement with agents upfront can prevent disappointments during the buying process.
Following these easy tips, choosing the best real estate agent to assist buyers in finding the perfect home within their time frame and budget will be a cinch.
Ted Guarnero, REALTOR® is a full-time real estate agent with over 1000 homes sold and $400 million in sales. Working with Compass real estate offering professional and effective real estate services to help you succeed in the local real estate market. Visit www.seeChicagorealestate.com for information on downtown Chicago real estate and to get in touch with an expert in the Chicago real estate market. Before you hire your next Realtor call Ted Guarnero 855-See-Chicago, it's on the House !