Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, there’s no doubt that buying a new home can seem overwhelming or bittersweet. Luckily, you don’t have to face it alone. Working with a realtor that you feel comfortable with creates a streamlined, stress-free buying journey. So, what should you look for when meeting with potential realtors? Like most things in life, there is no one-size-fits-all answer, but there are some traits you should definitely keep in mind.
First impressions matter. When meeting a prospective realtor, take note of their personality. Do they seem like someone you’d get along with? Do you feel like you can trust them with your needs? Chemistry is key. Just because they aren’t moving with you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t want to spend time with each other.
For Michelle Lowe, it’s easy for her to talk about her home buying experience with Ryan. “I interviewed two dozen different realtors, and he slam dunked it,” raved Michelle. “He listens to what you want. He listens to what you don’t want. And, he searches and searches until he can get you the deal. When you find the house that you want, he will negotiate with the other realtor to make sure you will come out on top.”
Like Michelle, don’t be afraid to interview different agents until you find the one that’s right for you. During the process, make sure to ask specific questions about their experience, knowledge of the area, and home buying or selling strategies. You want to know the best coffee shops and restaurants in your new neighborhood, and you might as well get the 411 from your realtor.
Many, but not all, real estate agents offer additional resources and support. Be sure to ask if they are supported by a team, offer relocation and closing services, and are able to offer the amount of attention you desire.
If there’s one thing you ask, be sure to ask about their communication preferences to ensure that they align with your own. It’s likely that you’ll be discussing multiple listings and offers, so it’s crucial that you are on the same page about contacting each other.
“We were able to bug him all the time and he answered all our questions and kept it fun through the whole experience, even though there were some trying moments,” said the Truss family.
At the end of the day, you might just go with your gut feeling – you’ll know who you want to work with. Finding the perfect fit can bring you both the home of your dreams and a friend for life.
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