Hmmm. I don't agree, frankly.
But more to the point, Maddie, I don't think you're going to have a problem if you select someone who is knowledgeable and doesn't walk around saying, "What's to know?"!
We will all recommend ourselves, whether directly. or by bringing up what we think is our most valuable skill set. For example, I think you should have an agent with a design background to help you evaluate living spaces help you think of ways they can adapt to your lifestyle. Then, again, I think that's an area where I outshine many of my fellow agents! I do not think you can rely solely on your inspector - a good agent knows enough about the insides and outsides of houses to, as Ardell says, look at potential maintenance problems or features that reduce the need for maintenance!
As a long-time insider, the way I would go about it if I moved to another area, knowing what I know, is that I would start visiting open houses and talking to agents, curbing my enthusiasm, and remaining non-committal until I've talked to a couple that I think I could work well with. I'd also ask for recommendations from my personal network, because this is a personal-services business.
All the best,
You would be wise to choose an agent who is very thorough as to inspection issues and also as to financing issues that can be created as a result of that deferred maintenance possibility. For instance, if you are planning to use FHA financing vs 20% down...some of the homes will not work as well as others with that type of financing.
So I agree it is more about right agent vs right firm. if you end up buying a newer townhome in North Seattle vs an older home near the University where you will rent out rooms...then "which agent" is not as important. Newer townhomes are much easier for most any agent, and you would be less likely to make a mistake in agent choice if buying a newer townhome vs an older Seattle home.
Seattle's a great place for home buyers, because the multiple listing service is all-inclusive (everybody cooperates), the agents are of generally high quality with good principles and ethics, and there are a lot of experienced agents that add value to your transaction. So many of us have built houses, rehabbed houses, operate rentals, evaluate homes for future potential . . . done so many things to help us understand homes better and have the experience to pass that knowledge on to you.
I work with Windermere Real Estate and I live in, and focus on Northeast Seattle. Windermere is a northwest company and we sell more local homes than any other company in the area. Our office is locally owned.
Please contact me if you would like to learn more about our service.
Windermere Real Estate Co dominates the area representing buyers and sellers. It is a home grown company and I work out of the original office on Sand Point Way. You will surely find something in the U District up to Roosevelt area that you would be able to live in and rent out rooms. And, I would be happy to work with you.
The firm that I am currently working with is located near the UW area.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!
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