Do You Have a Personal Real Estate Agent?
If you’re planning on buying a home, you may have already done some research on sites like Zillow and Redfin, and perhaps, done some shopping around on your own. Maybe you’ve checked out a few Open Houses or called the number on a For Sale sign.
You can do all of that on your own, but it won’t give you a full and true picture of the neighborhoods in which you are looking. Statistics prove that you’ll be more successful in finding your dream home, at the right price, if you have your own personal real estate agent. Here’s why:
Public real estate sites are not always up to date, more-so, they do not show all of the properties available, and are not generally privvy to Coming Soon listings.
A local realtor should have intimate knowledge of the neighborhood and even the street where you want to live. He or she should be familiar with the home and not just the prices of similar homes that have sold in that area, but what the circumstances of the sales were (super-motivated seller? distressed property? Updated? Needs work?). These factors play a significant part in determining what you should pay for a particular home.
Your Real Estate Agent Works for You
A real estate agent, especially one who knows the local market well (like I do), can not only help you find and buy your ideal home quickly, but make the entire process run smoothly for you. During a viewing, your real estate agent will give you the knowledge you need in order to help you in your decision making process. This will include, pointing out desirable features and potential issues that might otherwise be missed.
When it comes time to make an offer, your real estate agent will present and negotiate it, on your behalf. If you don’t have your own real estate agent, you will have to deal directly with the seller’s agent, who is legally obliged to work in the seller’s best interests, not yours.
Bottom line: Your own personal real estate agent is there for you, every step of the way. At least, that’s how I work with my clients.
What to Look for in a Real Estate Agent
When buying a home, you want a real estate agent who…
- Takes the time to understand your needs and goals, so you have a true partner in your home buying journey.
- Explains everything clearly and answers your questions, so you’re never in the dark.
- Has expertise in the local market.
- Knows how to find great properties in your price range.
- Will alert you to new listings quickly, so you get the jump on those opportunities.
- Will advise you on the best price to offer for the home you want.
- Will prepare, present the offer, and skillfully negotiate such things as price, conditions, closing dates, etc. so you get the best deal.
- Will save you potentially thousands of dollars by ensuring you don’t overpay for the property you want.
- Will recommend reputable home inspectors, movers and other professionals you will need.
Not every real estate agent offers all of these services. My clients say that I do. They also tell me how much they appreciate my professionalism, expertise and accessibility.
It is never too soon to start interviewing agents. Don’t wait until you are ready to view homes and make an offer. Get to know your agent first. The best way to select the right real estate agent, is to meet with him or her in person. Ask questions. Share your needs, wants and goals. See if there is a good fit.
I make myself available to all of my clients to help start their planning, even if if is months away from the ultimate purchase. To schedule an appointment with me, please call or email. If it’s more convenient for you, submit the form below as a start, and I’ll get back to you today!