Finding the Right Agent to Get You Into Your Dream Home
When you want to buy a home, one of the most valuable resources you can rely on is a competent real estate agent. Buyers’ agents are experienced experts who can not only help you navigate the complicated process of finding and buying the right home, but can advocate on your behalf — and make sure you’re getting the best and fairest deal possible. According to recent surveys, more than 87 percent of recent home buyers used a real estate agent to help them buy their home, which means that agents were able to successfully help them search for, locate and complete the purchase process.
If you’re looking to buy a home and want to find an agent to help make that possible, the following tips can help. Keep these in mind when you’re choosing a representative to help you look, and you can make your home-buying experience as smooth, stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
Look for an Agent or Broker Who Works With Properties Similar to What You Want
When you’re looking at potential buyers’ agents, take a look at the properties they have listed (if they’re also a seller’s agent). Make sure they’re properties in a similar location or a similar price range to what you’re looking for. You want to work with an agent who’s well-versed in the type of property you want — including geographic location, price range, type of property and more.
You should also make sure he or she has plenty of listings. A good number of listings indicates a successful, sought-after agent, which means they have experience and a good reputation. However, too many listings may mean that your agent is overextended, and you won’t be able to get adequate attention from him or her — so you’ll want to strike the right balance.
Look for Agents with Specialties
All legitimate buyers’ agents have training in working on behalf of a home buyer. However, you may want to look for specialized agents, who have more credentials to help facilitate the process. Some specialized buyers’ agents include:
- Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) — an agent who has trained to help buyers older than 50.
- Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) — these agents are specialized in representing buyers. They may be a great choice if you’re looking for someone who’s an expert at getting buyers the best deal possible.
Choose an Agent Who’s Responsive and Tech-Savvy
Choosing and buying a home can be a stressful process, and you want to work with someone who is not only there to support and help you, buy also someone who knows how to take advantage of the latest tools to make the entire process easier and more convenient. Choose an agent who uses technology to respond to you quickly (whether that’s their mobile device, email or phone), and someone who knows how to use platforms that make the entire real estate buying process easier, faster and more organized — like Chime.
Ask for Recommendations
One of the best ways to find a buyers’ agent you’ll be happy working with is by asking friends and family for referrals. If someone you know and trust has had a good experience working with an agent, there’s a good chance you’ll have a good experience working with him or her, as well.