Thinking about purchasing a home? Is the American Dream of home ownership in your near future? If yes, then it is important to align yourself with the best real estate expert that will be able to guide you through the entire buying process. Below, please find the 5 most important characteristics that buyers should be looking in a Realtor:
1. Credibility & Honesty (You Want The Truth)
Your relationship with your local real estate expert is imperative, as the agent can be a wealth of knowledge in the local market. But, you must work with a real estate professional that will deal honestly and fairly with you and not push you towards a particular home or community. Remember, you are the boss! There is still a quantity of listings on the market from regular sales, short sales, and bank foreclosures. Your Realtor should educate you on the different types of listings in order to pinpoint the ones that best match your purchasing criteria. You should feel completely comfortable with the agent that you are working with. If you do not think he/she is honestly looking out for your best interest and just merely looking to make a sale, then you are better off hiring another agent early in the process.
2. Area Familiarity (You Want An Agent That Does Their Homework)
South Florida buyers must work with an agent that is currently selling homes in your desired areas. Be sure that your agent knows about the schools, local parks and recreational activities, restaurants, access to major highways, etc. In other words, the agent should know everything and anything about the community and city.
3. Great Follow Through (If The Agent Says It, Then They Do It)
Remember, this is one of your largest financial purchases of your life. Only work with a Realtor that is in constant communication with you throughout the process. If it takes an extended period of time for your agent to get back with you, then you should be worried. You must work with a professional that is constantly thinking about your best interest. For example, after meeting with you and showing a few properties, the agent should then be able to immediately send you new properties that come on the market for you to see. It is also necessary to work with a real agent that comes through with what he/she says they are going to do for you and your family. You want to be assured that you are always being treated like your agent’s best client!
4. Organization (An Agent That Has Everything In Order)
Your agent not only has to know the market but also needs to stay on top of your purchase from contract to closing. Your agent must be on top of inspectors, appraisers, mortgage professionals, title agents, other real estate agents, and much more. The process is certainly not over after you agree on terms with a seller on your new home. Top-producing Realtors usually have a team, which could include an assistant, processor, and secretary, to help them stay organized through the process in order to again make their clients feel that they are their best and only customers.
5. Excellent Listener
It’ is necessary to work with an agent that takes the time to listen to your wants and needs. You want to maximize your time when looking at available homes. As a result, your Realtor must truly listen and only show homes in your budget and purchasing criteria. Again, this is a very large financial purchase, and your Realtor should listen and answer any and all of your questions and concerns in order for you to make an informed decision on buying.
Remember, you are the boss! If you align yourself with the right agent, then your purchasing experience will be a pleasant one. Finally, you should check with references and recommendations before working with a particular Realtor. Good luck, and it’s truly a great time to buy, as mortgage interest rates are at record low levels!
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