It is always a good idea to enlist the services of a realtor, whether you are buying or selling. Many of us know people who work in real estate, but they may not be the best ones to represent 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 tend to deliver the best service. The best ones are the ones who started working before the economic crisis and are still going strong. However, you also have to make sure that they have experience pertinent to your own needs. For instance, the needs of a first time buyer are very different from the needs of a national property developer. 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 instance, if you were to purchase a farm, you need to work with a realtor that is very different from one that only works with apartments in major cities, as your requirements will be very different. If, however, your interests lie in historic or listed buildings, you will need a very different type of realtor.
If you want to buy a property, do not work with the realtor whom the seller has employed. 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. Similarly, if you want to sell, you also need a different realtor. You need a professional that represents you and only you. To start your search, ask people you know whether they have any recommendations. Alternatively, contact the NAR (National Association of Realtors) to find a realtor. Finding a NAR realtor means that you are guaranteed to be represented ethically and professionally. Don’t choose the first and only realtor you speak to, however, but look around at a few different ones first. Make sure they have a great understanding of your needs, so they an start making suggestions too. These conversations can help you determine just how much a realtor knows about a specific neighborhood, house prices and so on. If you want to sell a property, you must find out how well the realtor has performed in the past. Do they usually sell under, on or over the original asking price?
As you can see, with a bit of forward thinking, you should be able to find the right realtor for your needs. It is their goal to ensure you are able to find the home you are looking for. Make sure, therefore, you pick someone that you can trust in that job.