Finding a Real Estate Agent
If you are thinking about buying property, you’re about to make one of life’s biggest and most important decisions financially for you and your family. Perhaps the most important step is to select a real estate professional to be your advocate and guide throughout the entire process.
Your agent will not only help you find the perfect home but will also explain the many details required for a successful and stress free transaction.
Our team here at CENTURY 21 Beutler & Associates has gone through extensive and on-going training to become local market experts and possess all the required skills to negotiate the best possible deal. In addition, they have an extensive network of people whose expertise you’ll need before, during and after the transaction.
Selecting a real estate agent is important and the key is simple – choose one that has your best interest at heart.
Here are some tips:
Choose a REALTOR®
A REALTOR® is someone who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. This organization ensures that its members follow a strict code of ethics and that real estate agents stay up-to-date with ongoing education and activities.
Most successful real estate professionals enjoy large referral networks. When they serve their clients well, the word will quickly spread to others looking to buy or sell property. Simply ask some of the people you know who they recommend and, chances are, it will be someone here at CENTURY 21 Beutler & Associates.
Do Your Research
Regardless of what your friends, family or neighbors say, it’s still important to conduct some independent research. You’ll want to ensure that the agent is current with all state licensing requirements.
Check for Web Savvy
These days most agents have a website. But that doesn’t mean they know how to use the technology effectively to serve their buyers who are searching for property.
This website offers the most powerful and easiest to use real estate search capabilities in our region. While you’re using it, we encourage you to save your searches and get automatic updates so you’ll always be among the first to know of new properties and price changes. If you need help, give us a call at (208) 765-5554.
Don’t Get Passed to an Assistant
You may think that hiring a busy, go-get-’em agent is a good idea. And it can be. They can also be too busy to spend enough time to meet your expectations. If the agent you’re interested in is juggling too many clients, you may get passed off to a less experience assistant or have your phone calls and emails go unanswered.
Ask Lots of Questions
Asking good questions will help you get a feel for an agent’s strengths and weaknesses. If you’re a first-time buyer for instance, talk to the agent about how many first-time buyers they’ve worked with recently. Ask them about schools, parks, shopping, community events and general information about the various communities in the area.
The goal is to ensure that you pick a REALTOR® that best fits your specific requirements and personality; is an expert in the local real estate market, and; possesses all of the required skills to successfully navigate the sometimes choppy waters that make up real estate transactions.
Here are some questions to get you started:
How long have you been in the real estate business?
Are you a member of the National Association of REALTORS®?
Are you a member of local Multiple Listings Service (MLS)? If so, which one(s)?
Do you work on weekends?
What are my options for representation?
Can you provide an outline of the home buying process?
Will you show me houses listed by other companies or for sale by owner?
How many buyers and sellers are you currently working with?
What’s your business style?