Finding and purchasing a new home is a taxing process in itself. Between browsing listings, meetings at your bank, deciding on floorplans and digging through your savings, the task of finding the right Realtor® may be the most overlooked step in the process – a misstep that could cost you in the long run.
Finding the right Realtor® doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some simple steps to keep in mind.
Know the difference
Know the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor®. All Realtors® are real estate agents, but not all real estate agents are Realtors®. Here’s the breakdown: a Realtor® is a nationally recognized member of the National Association of Realtors.
The benefit? NAR members pledge to abide by the association’s strict code of ethics. When you partner with an official Realtor®, you know you’re getting professional, proven and trusted leadership.
Determine your specific, personal needs and begin your search
Begin your search by talking to friends and family, but don’t stop there. Check out realtor.com and sites like Trulia and Zillow.
Determine your price-point and preferred locale, then make a list of Realtors® who match those credentials.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to a Realtor® just to chat and get an idea of who they are. You want to make sure their strengths adequately fit your specific and unique needs, and any good Realtor® will be eager to meet you. Here are some questions to help guide your conversation.
-How long have you been in business?
-How many transactions a year do you average?
-Ask for referrals to former clients.
-How long have you been living and working in the area?
-What is your schedule like? Do you have any upcoming vacations planned?
Take your time, listen to your gut, and decide
A Realtor® is someone who is going to walk beside you, work with you and mentor you through the financially and often emotionally arduous process of finding and purchasing a new home.
Take your time in deciding on a Realtor®. When it comes down to a decision, listen to your gut instincts – you’ll know who makes you comfortable and who you get along with best. You’ll never regret taking an extra moment to consider a Realtor, especially once you’re happily settled into your new home.