There are about 2 million real estate agents helping people buy and sell property in the United States. That’s an overwhelming number of options when it comes to choosing an agent to help you buy a home.
Thankfully, you can narrow down your choices to those that are in your local geographic area. But this still leaves you with a large number of agents.
We’ve created this guide to help you figure out how to hire a realtor that will help you buy your home. Follow these tips and be one step closer to your dream home.
Talk to Your Lender
Since you’re planning on buying a home, you should be looking for and working with a lender. This will help you know what kind of mortgage you’ll qualify for so you can set a budget in your home search.
Ask the lender who they work with regularly in your area. Working with an agent that has a relationship with the lender can make the entire process smoother.
Ask your friends and neighbors if they have any experience with an agent. This will give you a good idea of who is active in the area. It will also let you know who is worth contacting and who you should avoid.
You can skip the traditional referral process and head online to find your real estate agent. Start by searching “best realtors near me” to find lists and reviews of the top-performing realtors in your area.
Be careful with “Top 10” lists as many are created based on the real estate agent paying for their spot on the list. Instead, look for services that can provide you with a data-driven analysis of the real estate agent’s performance.
This will give you a better picture of what the agent can do for you.
Narrow down your options to three agents. Then schedule a meeting with those agents so that you can speak to them in person. Go prepared with a clear list of your “must-have” and “nice to have” qualities that you want in your future home.
Confirm with the agent that they can help you find a home that delivers on these desires. Ask the agent what their plan is for finding your home.
Ask the agent to walk you through the entire process. They should be able to explain in detail every step from this initial meeting to the closing day.
Listen to your gut feeling and choose the agent that puts you at ease. You need to be able to trust your agent.
You Know How to Hire a Realtor
By following these tips, you’ll be able to find a realtor that has the knowledge and skillset to competently find your dream home. Knowing how to hire a realtor is about finding someone who has your best interests in mind.
Be cautious of anyone more interested in making a commission that finding the perfect home for you. The best realtors understand that by making you happy, their business will flourish.
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