The 10 Most Unanswered Questions about Sales

Choosing a Realtor

Buying a new house needs some serious prep work, starting with straightening up your credit background to saving up sufficient funds for the deposit. But that’s not even all. You also want somebody who will be able to help you find homes you’ll love, search for the mortgage that best suits your needs, and basically just be your guide through the whole financially and emotionally demanding process. That’s where a well-chosen real estate broker or agent can create a difference.

Below are tips that can help you find a good realtor:

Know the differences among different real estate professional titles.

The first thing you may notice as you try to get some help with buying properties is that professionals in the industry can use different titles, such as agent, broker, Realtor(R), etc. Do they all mean the same? Not really. A real estate agent can be anybody who has obtained a license to sell property, after completing over 100 hours of course work and passing a qualifying test administered by the state. A real estate broker is a professional who has completed further his studies and is allowed to have agents working under him. A Realtor may be an agent or a broker who is a National Association of Realtors(R) member. Realtors follow a strict code of ethics when it comes to treating clients. Consider it extra assurance that they’re serious about promoting your cause.

Don’t limit yourself to one prospective real estate broker or agent.

According to the NAR, more than 65% of first-time home buyers talked to only one real estate broker before proceeding, which is just totally wrong. After all, how can you say you’ve made the right choice if you didn’t even look into other options? Any extra work you do today can really pay off in the near future. Explore at least two or three agents, compare them and choose the best.

Personally interview your prospective agents.

This is one critical step you mustn’t skip. And during the interview, ask questions that delve into the following:

Specific Local Knowledge and Experience

You want a seasoned agent–and though they don’t need decades of experience, choosing someone who has only been in the industry for a year or two can be risky. A freshly licensed agent, on the other hand, shouldn’t be instantly erased from your list of prospects if they have been residing in your chosen area for a long time. When making a decision, find a balance between overall experience and local experience.

With or Without a Team?

An agent who works with a team can respond faster to your concerns and give you more attention. Obviously, this is because a lot of people will be working on the same tasks, such as drawing up a realtor marketing plan.

Agent Availability

Finally, it’s always better to choose a full-time agent because you know they’ll always be available. If you need to adjust to their schedule all the time, you could miss out on so many nice properties. Availability is specifically important if you have to purchase a house ASAP.

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