Buying Your Dream Home

Choosing a Real Estate Agent

Choosing a good real estate agent can be the difference between making the best home purchase and making one you later regret. What makes for a good real estate agent? It comes down to having confidence in the person who is working alongside you. Evaluate candidates based on the following criteria:

A good agent:

  1. Listens intently to what you want and expect. An agent who listens will provide you with listing options that follow your criteria. A good agent will not waste your time or set you up for disappointment.
  2. Is intimately knowledgeable in the demographics and markets. Can explain the difference between the geography, demographics, and lifestyles of different communities or areas.
  3. Stays in step with the ever-changing real estate market regarding values, lenders, and community attributes and changes.
  4. Has extensive experience in the kind of transaction you are entering – residential or commercial buying or selling, farms, or land and vacant lots.
  5. Confidently negotiates contracts to get the best terms possible for their clients.
  6. Has community connections and resources for lenders, inspectors, and home repairs.
  7. Is a full-time agent that will be readily available for showings, negotiations, offers, and more.
  8. Is a good match that makes you feel comfortable and represents you professionally.

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