Buying a home is likely the largest financial transaction a person will make in their lifetime – so it’s best to have assistance through the process.
To tackle the homebuying journey in any type of housing market, work with a qualified real estate professional for helpful guidance and professional representation. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, homebuyers turn to a real estate agent at a higher frequency – and for more useful insight – than any other source of information, including the internet.
Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a repeat buyer, here are the factors to consider when choosing a real estate agent to help find a new home.
An agent’s experience – both in years in the business and in their track record of success – can help indicate their proficiency in assisting homebuyers. It’s like surgery – do you want a surgeon who’s done few operations or one who’s done hundreds?
Real estate professionals with experience understand industry terminology that may appear in contracts, and have fine-tuned skills like negotiation, which helps buyers lock down the best possible price. Plus, most experienced agents have an expansive network of industry contacts they can recommend for services like mortgage and title.
It’s important to find a full-time professional who is focused on your goals. And when considering a prospective agent, look for real estate specialties – like new construction or luxury homes – for help with any niche buying opportunities.
How strong of a presence does an agent have in the local market? And are they affiliated with a reputable brand?
It can be helpful to work with a professional rooted in the community – someone with their finger on the pulse of current happenings, new developments, and more.
Best of all, working with a real estate professional who has a trustworthy reputation can help alleviate the jitters associated with the homebuying process. According to American shoppers, RE/MAX is the brand with the #1 Most Trusted Real Estate Agents in the U.S.*
No two homes are the same – and the same philosophy goes for homebuyers. Everyone has unique needs in the homebuying process, along with certain communication styles they find most effective.
When meeting with an agent to determine compatibility, gauge their level of communication throughout the buying process. It can be most helpful to work with a real estate agent who is proactive and responsive.