It is always a good idea to enlist the services of a realtor, whether you are buying or selling. Although most of us know at least one person who works as a realtor, don’t be tempted to automatically go to them as they may not be the best to represent your needs. Let’s take a look at two important things to ask in order to find out which realtor is best for you.
You should always ask others for recommendations. However, don’t let someone else’s opinion be the determining factor. Make sure you do your research therefore. Make sure you find a realtor that has a specialization in the properties you are interested in. If you want to purchase a condo, there is no point going to someone that specializes in luxury mansions. Always take the time to interview a potential realtor. Ask how they will represent you, what they cost, whether they have references and so on. Also discuss your expectations with your realtor. You have to make sure that your needs are clear. Finally, you need to actually like your realtor. You cannot trust someone you don’t like, after all. Finally, do work with a realtor that has a lot of experience. It is nice to help people who are just starting, but considering the thousands of dollars involved in realty, you want someone who is able to handle that properly.
If you want to buy a property, do not work with the realtor whom the seller has employed. This is because if you reveal any information that you could use in negotiations, the realtor would be obliged by law to pass that on to the seller as well. The same is true if you are looking at selling. You need a professional that represents you and only you. Firstly, ask your friends and others whether they can refer you to a realtor. Alternatively, contact the NAR (National Association of Realtors) to find a realtor. The greatest benefit of working with a NAR agent is that you know they are both professional and ethical. Do make sure you speak to several before you decide which one to go with. Explain your needs and ask what they suggest. Doing so will make sure that you can learn how much a realtor knows about prices, neighborhoods and so on. If you want to sell your home, find out how the realtor has done in the past. What you must find out is whether they tend to sell below, on or above the asking price.
It is hoped that the information above will assist you in finding the best possible realtor. The services of real estate agents should be employed whether you are buying or selling. 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.