If you plan on buying a house and needed the help of a real estate agent then here are some tips on how to choose the best one:
1. Select an agent with the right credentials
Just as doctors specialize, so do real estate agents. And even generalists will get additional training in some areas. So that alphabet soup after the name can be an indication that the person has taken additional classes in a certain specialty of real estate sales. Here’s what some of the designations mean:
- CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Completed additional training in handling residential real estate.
- ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative): Completed additional education in representing buyers in a transaction.
- SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.
If the agent calls himself a Realtor with a capital “R,” that means he’s a member of NAR.
2. Friends & Family
Maybe you have a friend or relative who happens to be a real estate agent. But just because you know the person well, doesn’t mean she would be the best agent for you. Does she know the neighborhoods where you want to buy? Is she a tough negotiator? Will you be comfortable expressing your dissatisfaction, or even firing her if she can’t get the job done? Hold a friend or relative to the same high standards you’d expect from any agent.
3. Interview several agents
Whether you are looking for a buyer agent or seller agent. Remember though, agents will tell you what you want to hear. Make sure they are not selling you a dream partnership… you want to hire a realistic real estate agent. Don’t sign a buyers agreement form before looking for property (you should feel free to build trust with a real estate agent over several hours of looking before signing anything).
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