After seeing how they work you should have a sense of who you prefer to have assist. If an agent tells you every house is perfect and you should pay full list for each, run away.
Generally speaking, surprises in a real estate transaction are not good. We can't prevent them all the time. but you should be well prepared for the process and know what to expect every step of the way from getting a good mortgage pre-approval to developing a budget and wish list, to looking at homes, signing the final papers and getting the keys. and all the details that need to be managed in between to get you through that process.
A good buyer's agent will make sure you know what to expect throughout the entire process and possess good communications skills, and be sensitive to the fact that you don't do this every day even though we do!
Good luck in your search and if there are any questions I can answer for you, please feel free to get in touch.
ABR, GRI, SFR
5 Star Professional Top Realtor in Phila Mag 2012 & 2013
Best of luck to you.
Let me know which area or areas you are interested in and I would be happy to refer you to a great buyer's agent! Feel free to contact me through my profile. Best of luck!
1. Look for agents who are based in the county where you're looking to buy. For a town like Maple Shade you might make a list of agents in Burlington and Camden counties. You wouldn't put ME on your list, because I'm in Monmouth County.
2. Look at the Profile of each agent. Don't put a lot of faith in recommendations- no agent is going to post negative or lukewarm recommendations. Instead, look at "Homes I've Toured" and make sure the agent has visited the kind of homes you like in the towns you're considering and in your price range.
3. Look at the agent's contributions in "Trulia Voices". Do the answers seem trustworthy and provide real information, or are they just things like "I'd be glad to help"?
4. Look at the agent's blog posts. Do they provide useful, objective information? Does this sound like someone who could be your trusted real estate advisor?
5. Narrow down the field to 3 agents and set up short face-to-face meetings with each of them. Before you explain who you are and what you're looking for, the agent should give you a copy of the NJ Consumer Information Statement, and explain it in terms you can understand (all agents are supposed to do this, but you'd be surprised by the number who don't). Pick the agent who you feel is the best LOCAL EXPERT who you can TRUST.
Hope this helps.
Accredited Buyer Representative
Licensed Associate Broker
NAEBA stands for National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents.
NAEBA may even refer you to me since I am a member.
Why not start by asking trusted family and friends who may have recently bought or sold a house. Good word of mouth can get you started on finding agent you would be happy working with over the next few months. Visit them at the office for an interview, as you will be hiring them to assist you in your home search. Visit a few and then choose the one that best matches your needs as a partner in finding your new home. Best of luck in this exciting adventure!
-experience (# of deals/yr)
-advanced education (eg, a broker)
-works in the area you are looking
-can provide references of other buyers for you to call
-that you get along with and genuinely like (you're going to spend the next couple months with this person)
-are they a pillar in the industry (eg, maybe they're active in the local board, on the state board of realtors, or fly around the country speaking)
-they should be a tough negotiator
Hope this helps!