Finally, once you have a good feel (or not) for an agent, ask for at least five references of recent buyers that would be willing to talk with you. Anyone can do a great job when the going is easy - what you want to know is: How does this agent do with problem solving and conflict resolution? Will they protect you, or throw you under the bus for a commission? That's not something you're going to find out from the agent themselves.
Good luck to you!
1. Owner occupant or investor?
2. Motivation - do they really want to buy or do they just want to look around at things?
3. Time frame?
So it may be worthwhile to find out if the agent you're talking to works with buyers like you!
To my mind, the essentials are that the agent is a good personality fit, has the time to work for you, and the knowledge and expertise to get the keys into your hands. I know the economy's tough and a lot of agents have gone to work other jobs, but a buyer's agent just really needs to keep up on the inventory, and that's tough to do when you're back in the lab or whatever it is that they're doing.
It will help if you come prepared for the meetings with a sense of what your objectives are - price range, type of property, suitable locations. It's also good if all of the decision makers attend all of the meetings - if you have a spouse or partner or parent or adult children that are going to have a vote, then it's essential for them to be involved every step of the way - there's nothing like seeing fifteen or twenty houses without the spouse, then bringing the spouse in to the see the "best one," and have them say, "gee, it's nice and all, but it's hard for me to choose when it's the only one I've seen!"
All the best,
2. Do you have a 1st time home buyer presentation?
3. How available are you to me? What are your hours?
4. Is it actually you who helps me or do you have your assistants to do the work for you?
5. Do you have any special designations that help you consult with buyers?
6. How well do you know.... (area you are looking)?
7. Can I get 3 referrals from past clients?
1. Are you a full time Realtor
2. Do they produce at least $5,000,000 in sales every year?
3. Are they top producers, or weekend warriors
4. Edcucation? Do they have a business degree?
5. Do they have business experience outside of Real Real Estate? Do they bring corporate experience to their job or did they fall into Real Estate?
6. Have they been selling Real Estate for at least 5 years? Let the newbies practice on friends and family.
7.Do they live and work in the area? If you are purchasing in Scottsdale or Cave Creek do you want a Realtor that lives and sells in GIlbert?
These are just some of the ideas to get you started.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.
John Forsyth HomeSmart - Elite Group.
Choose a full time agent with experience, one who provides value and most importantly how well do they know the area where you are looking for a home. Ask if they focus on a few areas or do they attempt to work the entire valley. Communication is very important, make sure they listen to your needs and match it with the right homes for you to tour. When you meet them be aware of how they present themselves, are they professional, organized and on time for your appointments.
All the best!
Deborah Griffin, Scottsdale RealtorÂ
â€¨Cell: Â 480.403.1860
â€¨Email: Â DeborahinAz@me.com
Cristine L Masson
Prudential AZ Properties
480 748 1120
I would work with a Realtor you know is listening to you. Have they uncovered the goals and prepared you for the steps in buying a home. A thorough consultation does not mean they say "sure let's get out and look!" Have they advised you on what to expect in today's market and how to get through the process. Our job is not just to find the home for you but educate you along the way, protect your interests and get the deal you love!
So Ask, 1) What do I need to know about buying a home in today's market? 2) How will you keep me informed? 3) What do I need to do to be prepared so my experience is positive. 4) Are you a full or part time Realtor 5) Have you ever had a complaint? (check public records) 6) How long have you been working in the area/Real Estate, 7) Why do you want to work with me (you the buyer).
The answers you receive will tell you if the Realtor has a plan, is informed, willing to inform you and therefore assure you they are the right choice.
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