How to Choose the Right Real Estate Pro
For most individuals buying a home is one of the most important investments they will make in their lifetime. The process can also be stressful. Having the right Real Estate Professional on your team can make all the difference in the process. It can be easy to find one ready to work for you, but here are some questions you can ask to hire the best fit for you.
Ask what real estate markets they are most familiar with. For instance, if you are looking to buy a rental unit or perhaps a farm, you can find an agent who specializes in these areas and who will be better equipped to handle these transactions over someone who is more used to working with clients with more typical needs.
Ask how long they have been working in real estate. More time in the field allows for one to develop and fine tune their skills, learn the distinct traits of an area's market, and have the understanding of long-term market trends.
Ask what makes them stand out from their competitors or where their strengths lie. Treat this as an interview, because you are hiring them to represent you in your home buying process. Their answer may be about their years of experience, or knowing the ins and outs of the market. Don't be afraid to ask for specifics or have them elaborate.
Ask what price range they work best in. If you are looking to buy a fixer upper, someone who typically deals in multi-million dollar homes might not be your best fit.
Ask if they own real estate. Agents who have experience buying and operating property for themselves will be more knowledgeable, especially if you’re looking to buy investment property.
Ask if they are full-time or part-time and what their schedule is. An agent who works full-time will be better versed in the current market, financing considerations, and laws. You also want to be sure their schedule will be able to accommodate your own if there are only certain days you are available to view potential homes.
Spend time selecting your professional. You are hiring them to be an asset to you and to best represent you in your real estate journey.