HOW TO FIND A
Create a Plan
Make sure that you have a timeline in mind, and
begin the search for a real estate agent early. This
will ensure that you have plenty of time to buy or
sell your home, and that you won’t make any
rushed and irrational decisions. Create a list of
qualities you’re searching for, your expectations,
and any questions you may have.
Begin the Search
Start by asking family and friends for suggestions,
and find out whether or not they’d recommend
the agent they used. Don’t automatically go with
an agent just because a friend recommends them.
Instead, gather a few names, do your research, and
compare the results.
Another option is to look online. Many local
resources will create a list of the names of top
agents in the area. You could also drive around
and look at which agents appear on the for-sale
signs in the area in which you’re interested.
Interview Your Real Estate
Once you’ve selected some potential agents, take some time to
talk to them directly. In order for you to complete a successful
sale, you’ll need to trust your real estate agent. Make sure you
pick someone you feel comfortable with!
By asking how long they’ve been an agent for, you’ll be able to
gauge their level of experience. Also ask questions about the
area they cover to ensure they’re familiar with the
neighborhoods in which you’re interested. Another good thing
to enquire about is their method of communication. Check to
make sure that you’ll be able to contact them in a way you’re
Once you select a real estate agent, make sure
they understand your expectations for
communication and time management. If you’re
selling a home, discuss commission and other cost
expectations. You don’t want to suffer from buyer’s
remorse, and making sure you and your agent are
on the same page will help ensure that you’re
happy with your home.
By developing a plan before you begin
your search, interviewing potential
agents, and clarifying your expectations,
you’ll be able to find an agent that’s a
great fit for you and your property.