Being in the position of someone who wishes to buy a house or an apartment or to sell a property is not anyone’s usual cup of tea but it’s something most people go through at one point or another. And when that happens, a real estate agent must be hired. But how do you know you’ve made the right choice when hiring that person? Certain steps must be followed if you don’t wish to regret the decision later on.
First, ask around and see if any of your friends or relatives ever worked with a real estate agent. Perhaps they can help by sharing this info. Also, ask them about their experience. If the agent was able to help them, there’s a big chance he’ll do the same thing for you.
Check out open houses
Agents are aware that there’s a very slim chance they’ll be able to sell anything during an open house but they take this opportunity to meet potential buyers and attract new clients. So check out a few open houses and take the time to analyze the agent a bit.
Interview several agents
When you have a list of a few agents you’d like to further investigate, schedule interviews with each of then. Agent rarely spend time at the office so meet them where they work, whether it’s an open house or a visit. And even if you think you like he first agent you’ve talked to, don’t give up the search.
Ask lots of questions
When you meet with the agents, ask them a lot of questions. They should be knowledgeable and able to answer to pretty much anything you throw at them. This is also a great opportunity for you to see their character, their reactions and the type of person they are.
Check their references
Always check the references of someone you consider hiring. Maybe the agent can provide you with the phone numbers and names of some of their previous clients. That would be really great. You can talk to them and see how their whole experience was, plus maybe they can offer a few tips.
Make sure the agent has plenty of experience
You want a real estate agent with experience, able to help in a quick and simple way. Sure, this means it would be pretty much impossible for a new agent to get clients this way but time will solve the problem.
Demand a full-time agent
The agent you’ll be working with should be hired full time. You want him to be fully dedicated to the job and take it seriously, not just as a way to earn some extra money.
Look up his license
If the agent you found wasn’t recommended by someone and you know nothing about him, look up his license. There are plenty of fakes out there waiting for someone to be their next victim so why risk it?
Make sure he’s open-minded
Your real estate agent should be open-minded and open to suggestions. So if you notice he’s not really into your ideas and he’s trying to push his own suggestions and preferences then maybe this isn’t the right person for you.
You don’t have to like him/her
You don’t have to like the agent. After all, you’re not looking for a new friends. But you must respect him/ her and what he/she does. They take their job seriously and invest a lot of time in making sure you’re satisfied so be appreciative.