Purchasing a new home is a big event in your life. Finding the right house can mean dozens of tours and weighing the countless pros and cons of each location and its amenities. Having a quality realtor at your side can make the process easier.
They can discuss with you what your must-haves are, and then help you to find a property that checks off most of the boxes. Recognize that no house is perfect. Still, with the right realtor, you can find the right home for you and your family or sell your home efficiently and quickly.
How can you choose the right realtor and what are the benefits of working with a realtor?
Choosing a Realtor Starts with Your Research
When it comes to deciding on a realtor, you need to do your homework. A great way to start is by asking the agent for a list of their recent clients. You can get a better idea of the services they offer and the quality of their customer interactions. Additionally, you can check on their real estate license with your state’s regulatory body and find out if there have been any disciplinary actions.
Do not be afraid to ask about their experience and credentials. Agents can take classes and complete additional training in a variety of areas, which include handling residential real estate and how to represent buyers in transactions. You are paying for their skills and knowledge, but if they lack experience, you might want to consider other options. Ask them questions about the area and compare those to others’ answers. Do they show an in-depth knowledge of the area? Remember, if they lack knowledge of the market, you could be at a disadvantage when working with them.
You can also check to see the number of current listings that agent has. When they deliver a quality service, people spread the word to family and friends, driving more business their way.
Benefits of Working with a Realtor
Realtors are trained to be knowledgeable about the housing market, which includes typical housing values and standard amenities for the area and can assist you in putting in an offer. They can tell you if a house is overpriced for the market or assist you in navigating a bidding war.
For example, you might have found a home that was listed at $350,000. However, your agent is going to know whether it had upgrades, what it actually sold for, and even that it went to closing twice, only for the deal to fall through. It is that in-depth knowledge that you want in your search.
At the same time, they can narrow down your house hunt by showing you homes that fall within your parameters. These parameters could be based on price, location, number of bedrooms, school districts, and more. No matter whether you are the buyer or seller, your realtor has something to offer.
They can provide a buffer regarding your property showings and listings, including filtering out serious buyers from those who are just looking. They can also try to induce those serious buyers to write an offer immediately.
After closing, a realtor is likely going to continue to be available to answer any questions. After all, they want you to speak well of them, because it is those referrals that help to build their business. Still, any good realtor worth their salt will ask you about financing and if you are preapproved or not. Clearly, that means finding the right lender.
We can help you understand your financing options. Contact me today to access your options and begin the preapproval process!