Buying or selling a home requires a lot of forward thinking. We live in a digital age where almost everything is completed online, but do still choose to work with a realtor. Let’s take a look at some do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing one.
Make sure you find out whether anyone can personally recommend a realtor. However, don’t let your decision weigh solely on their opinion. Hence, you need to do your research. Your realtor should also be experienced in your needs. If you are hoping to buy a penthouse, for instance, you shouldn’t go to a realtor that focuses in suburbia. Always take the time to actually speak in person to a realtor you may choose. Some questions to ask include how they represent, how they work, how much they cost, whether they have references and so on. You also need to talk about your expectations. You have to make sure that your needs are clear. Last but not least, make sure that your realtor is someone you like. The reality is that you will struggle to trust someone who you don’t like. The last thing is that you need to find someone that is very experienced. There is something to be said for working with new people and giving them a chance, but buying or selling homes are incredibly important financial decisions and you need someone that actually knows what they are doing.
The other very important thing to look into is reputation. Unfortunately, a lot of realtors have a very poor reputation. There are a number of tools at your disposal to find a good realtor, fortunately. Be sure to check the Better Business Bureau in terms of finding out how good the realtor is. You can also use social media to your advantage. It is very difficult to censor anything that appears on social media, meaning you can easily get your hands on honest reviews. Make sure you also speak to people you know and find out whether they have an opinion on the matter. If you do hear a complaint, however, make sure you find out whether that is a relevant complaint to you, and how the realtor reacted in response to the complaint.
With the above two tips, you should be able to find the realtor who best represents your needs. Whether you want to buy or sell, you should always work with a realtor. One of the main things they are aware of is when the best time to buy and sell is, and this could end up saving or making you thousands.