Buying a home can be an easy and stress-free experience when you have a real estate agent assisting you – provided you have a good one, that is. But with so many real estate agents doing business in the East Valley, how do you find the one who will suit your needs perfectly?
Follow these tips to get the best real estate agent for the job:
Choose a full-time agent
The best real estate agent to partner with in securing your coveted home is one who works full-time. That way, you have someone who is totally committed to your needs, someone who is not busy worrying about other responsibilities. A full-time agent also has updated knowledge on real estate best practices as well as market trends.
Pick an agent with the right credentials
Real estate agents have different specializations. Take note that some agents have special qualifications that home buyers like you may want to look for. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR), for example, awards the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation to Realtors who have completed specialized courses on buyer representation and are verified to have closed at least five transactions as a buyer’s representative.
Find out about an agent’s most frequent and recent transactions as well – this will help you determine their familiarity with representing buyers as well as with the area. This also gives you information on the kind of properties they usually handle.
Pick an agent with reliable hours
It’s important for a real estate agent to have predictable hours of operations. Nothing is more frustrating than having an agent who is difficult to get hold of. One with defined working hours ensures you that they will be there when they say they will. It is also a lot easier to get in touch with them, making it more convenient to schedule visits to open houses and more.
Get someone who’s familiar with the area
Your ideal agent should be someone with extensive knowledge about the area you are buying in. They will also know specific details about the neighborhoods like the amenities, commute, housing stock, and the like. They are also better equipped to advise you on recent home values, future community developments, and leads on other properties.
Get an agent you can get along with
How you get along with your agent plays a big role in your overall experience. Interviewing agents before you make your decision will help you gauge how compatible you are with them. An interview can also reveal things about them that you would never have found out by simply looking at their credentials online.
Ask for references and testimonials
Finding out how past clients’ experiences went can give you better insights on how a real estate agent operates and if there are any potential red flags. Start by looking at their reviews and testimonials online to get an idea of how they treat their clients during and after the sale.
With the expert real estate professionals at Aeris House Properties, finding the best real estate agent for the job is easier than ever. Just get in touch with us at (602) 466-9771. You can also send an email to Judy at JudyM@AerisHouse.com.