Very good advice so far and in addition keep in mind that if you start in one area and decide on a home in an area that your agent is unfamiliar with, he or she can refer you to an agent who is. Your original agent will or should follow up with that new agent to make sure you are being serviced properly. Then it's like having two agents looking out for your best interest.
And the original agent will receive a referral fee from the new agent - not from you! That way everyone is well taken care of and happy and your original agent will be compensated for the at least some of the time they already have put in.
Hope this helps.
If by chance you find that perfect house during the audition process, then the agent who showed it to you will become your agent.
Good luck and have fun. Buying a new home should be exciting and an enjoyable time.
RE/MAX On The Water
Neighborhoods Real Estate
I would recommend working with just one. There are multiple reasons for this that are to your advantage.
1) All local REALTORS have access to everyone's listing. In other word's by going with one company you won't miss what the other companues have listed.
2) You will be able to build a working relationship of trust with that agent. After a while the dialogue you have will make the purchase that much easier.
3) After a while the agent should be able to key in with exactly what you are looking for and if you are a serious buyer find that property for you if it is not out there now.
4) It should make the home buying experience more enjoyable. For example: If you call a different agent each and every time you will most likely have x number of agents calling and emailing you to get your business.
5) Working with one agent will allow you to establish a buyer's agent relationship that can be very beneficial for most buyers.
Hope this helps!
Best of Luck with your home purchase. If I can be of help please give me a call.
Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Inc.
If you are looking at different areas no one agent may cover that large an area.
If you do not like the one agent trade up. But find and stick with one as long as they meet your needs.
It would be a good idea to interview a few agents to find out who would be a good fit for you.
Interviewing agents is a good idea and we have had buyers put us in that position. If we demonstrate that we can do a good job for a buyer we find that they choose us most of the time. Naturally, one "size" does not fit all in our business and it is helpful to know if a relationship will work before committing.
There are many great Realtors out there and it would be rare to find one that did not work out for you.
Zach | http://www.realtyinalabama.com/
On the other hand if you are targeting two distinctly different regions that in your opinion, your agent is not well versed on, then by all means seek a representative that can best meet your needs. With this said, it is recommended that you make both agents aware of your arrangements so that there are no overlapping services.
But to select two or more agents that are targeting the same location for you is not a recommended tactic......
Still has relevance....apparently.
Just be aware, when you look at the house I have listed with agent A on Thursday and show up with agent B on Saturday, I WILL say, "Were you here with Agnes on Thursday?" Agent B will know what is taking place.
Moral to the story, if you are not transparent with agent A and agent B, you are setting them up for betrayal and yourself up for embarrassment.
If you are transparent and both agree, you need to accept responsibility for the environment you created.
How would you feel if at work you worked your butt off for your boss but found out in the break room that he hired another person to do the exact same thing you were doing. Then after a few weeks he would just stop talking to you, stop returning your calls and emails but you still continue to work, work hard but come pay day you don't get a check. You then find out that you were fired two weeks ago but nobody told you.
That is what we deal with and it comes with the territory but please don't lead your agents on. Be up front with them and then let them make the decision if they want to continue to work with you knowing there is a chance they might work very hard for you and never be compensated.
Again, if this becomes a painful experience, you need to rethink your choice. I mean, is there any other time in your life you get to go into someone else's house and make comments that are only between you and your realtor? Why do you think we wanted the job?
No amount of experience will eclipse enthusiasm and fun. I have more designations than I know what to do with, but my clients always tell me that they had a good time. Considering how much money you are investing, confidence in your decision and fun making it will end up with a happy closing.
RE/MAX On The Water
Neighborhoods Real Estate
That is a great question however working with just one realtor is the only way to go as you dont want to play two realtors against each other. Work with a realtor that you are most comfortable with, ask questions and look for a realtor that will work with you as a buyers agent, that way they are working for you and not the seller. Call if I can be of help to you if your search or if you have questions. Best wishes to you in your home search.
Century 21 First Realty Appleton