How to find the right real estate agent
Buying property is a team effort. Loans officers and solicitors and conveyancers play their part but the real estate agent has a central role in your ultimate purchase. To ensure you get the right help on your side, consider our guide to finding your perfect real estate agent.
Meet and greet
Finding the right real estate agent is a bit like dating – you’ll have to kiss a couple of frogs before you find your prince. Make appointments to meet with likely agents at their offices or approach them at auctions and open houses. Ask friends and relatives for recommendations and don’t settle until you’ve found someone you feel comfortable with.
A few things to keep in mind
A good real estate agent is busy, but not too busy to meet with you. Don’t expect an agent to be at your beck and call but a professional will answer questions and return your calls promptly. They should also be available in person, on the phone and through email. If you’ve been stung in the past, check their references and credentials – word usually gets around if they’ve been unprofessional in the past.
If you have a specific location in mind, your real estate agent should ideally live in or have extensive knowledge of that area. They should be able to demonstrate a high degree of knowledge on housing values and history as well as the area itself – where the schools are, public transport availability, shopping and other amenities.
A good real estate agent is a successful one. They don’t need to have their face plastered on billboards or bus stops around town but they should have a proven record of facilitating sales to the benefit of both buyers and sellers.
A guiding hand
A good agent removes some of the stress involved in finding the right home and should help lead you through the process – avoid the impatient and pushy.
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