It is always a good idea to enlist the services of a realtor, whether you are buying or selling. You may know someone who works in real estate yourself, but you should still take the time to find the one that is truly the best for your needs. Let’s take a look at two important things to ask in order to find out which realtor is best for you.
Your realtor’s experience is one of the most important things to look into. Usually, those with the most experience are also the best ones. The best realtors got into the business before the recent economic crisis and are still working today. However, you also have to make sure that they have experience pertinent to your own needs. After all, if you are looking to move up the property ladder due to family expansion, your needs will be very different than if you were to look for a first home for your college-going child. The second thing you need to know if how much of an expert they are in terms of the geography and demographics you require. For example, if you want to become a rancher, you need to find a realtor that is able to understand the different types of land, how it has been produced and what the homestead is like. If, on the other hand, you want to purchase a listed building or a historic property, you will need someone that has a very different type of experience.
It would be a mistake to work with the realtor whome the sellers of a property have already hired if you are looking at making a purchase. This is because that realtor would be legally obligated to tell their other client your highest budget and other information that could damage your negotiation position. If you hope to sell your property, you also shouldn’t work with the realtor representing the opposing side. What you need is a realtor that only works with you. Start by asking people you know whether they can refer you to a realtor. Another place to look for a good realtor is the NAR (National Association of Realtors. If you work with a realtor registered with the NAR, you will know for sure that they are professional and ethical. Always make sure you contact a range of different realtors before making your decision. Explain your needs and ask what they suggest. This will give you a general idea of just how familiar the agent is with prices and neighborhoods, for instance. If you want to sell your home, find out how the realtor has done in the past. Do they usually sell under, on or over the original asking price?
It is hoped that you can use the above information to find the right realtor for your needs. A realtor’s job is to help you find your dream home. This is why it is so important to only work with someone that will truly do their best for you.