Select Your Real Estate Agent Carefully

Although you may have done a thorough search online for homes and neighborhoods, an experienced and knowledgeable agent can effectively coach you through the myriad choices in the marketplace, as well as act as a trusted advisor throughout the homebuying process. Treat the selection process as if you are an employer hiring a new associate, planning a list of questions to ask each agent during an initial meeting. Some specific things you may want to inquire about include:

  1. How long have you been a real estate agent?
  2. How long have you been representing clients in this area?
  3. Can you provide references?
  4. What are the services you provide?
  5. Can you provide me with a list of additional service providers I will need to purchase the home?
  6. Can you help me assess what price range I can afford?
  7. How long can I expect it to take to find, bid on and finalize a contract for a home?
  8. How much do you charge for your services?
A buyer’s agent customarily receives commission from the seller. You may find this is a conflict of interest and choose to incur the additional costs and commissions to ensure an unbiased opinion. The decision is yours to make. We suggest you discuss your concerns and interests with various agents and be selective in the process.
What to consider when choosing an agent:

  •  Attentiveness
  •  Community knowledge
  •  Preparation
  •  Degree of professionalism
  •  Referrals
  •  Involvement in professional associations
  •  Trustworthiness
  •  Degree of confidence
  •  Availability