If this is your first time purchasing a home, you may be unaware of some of the common pitfalls that first time home buyers fall prey to.
If you want to make the transition to a lease to own property, having a good real estate agent could help you to get the best deal for your money.
This article will give you several tips and tricks to choosing the best real estate agent.
Allow me to run you through a scenario
You and your significant other decide to move towards the purchase of your first home.
You have selected your favorite neighborhood, you know how much you can afford and you have even looked through many rent to own listings to find housing with alternative financing options available.
Now that you have found your dream home you’re all set to make the purchase.
But how do you do it? Who do you talk to? What about all the paperwork? Are you going to be the one to negotiate the closing costs? What are your responsibilities when it comes to costs associated with the home?
These questions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to realizing that you may in fact need a real estate agent to help you through the process of purchasing a home.
Fortunately for you, there is no shortage of qualified agents and as soon as you make it evident that you are searching for a home you will have real estate agents banging down your door to represent you. The problem isn’t trying to find a single real estate agent, the problem is trying to find a good real estate agent.
Here are a few quick tips to helping you find the best real estate agent possible:
Start with the Agency
Instead of trying to deal with each individual agent, go straight to the real estate agency or broker and ask them to recommend their best real estate agent (or group of agents) to you.
This will help you weed out a large segment of agents that aren’t superstars.
Pick Based On Price
Once you have been given a list of names from the broker or agency, you need to start looking at what types of homes these agents have sold in the past. See if any of them have experience selling the types of homes that you are interested in.
Most importantly, select the real estate agent that works within your price range. Some agents only sell multi-million dollar homes (who wouldn’t – the commissions are great) while others specialize in finding mid-range family homes.
Don’t work with an agent that specializes in working with listings that are much more expensive than your target price.
Choose Based On Fit
Purchasing a home is huge. It is one of the most important emotional, financial and familial decisions you will ever make. If you don’t get along with your real estate agent, you will be adding an unnecessary level of stress that could leave you with regret and a house you don’t really want.
Choosing the right real estate agent will help you to have a smooth buying experience. There are plenty of resources available online to help aid you in your search for a real estate agent.