....identify a short list, interview them, and then go with your gut.
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First impressions count - find one that you feel comfortable with. Ask someone you know, who has bought a home about their experience.
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You will know if you like the person at first impression.
You will have to sign an AgencyDisclosure - THIS IS NOT A CONTRACT. You can move on to another Realtor if you are not happy with their performance. If you sign an Exclusive Buyer's Agent, you will be with the Agent until the ontract expires.
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You have received some great advice from my colleagues below! I would just like to add a few thoughts....
If I were a first time homebuyer again, I would have asked a prospective Buyer Agent if he or she would be patient with me, was willing to educate me, and would respect my budget.
Furthermore, unless you have specific towns picked out, your agent shouldn't be afraid to think outside of the box. .For example, you might want to consider buying in an 'up-and-coming' town...one that will help you build equity and prove to be a wise investment...give you the most 'bang for your buck' so to speak.
And finally, you are entering what is a complicated and confusing market (for lack of better terms). Today there are so many great deals to be had, but you need to know how to get them. Ask prospective agents how many short sales they have closed, what they do in competitive situations (and YES there are many...most commonly with bank-owned properties that are priced right for quick sale).
And finally, you need to feel comfortable with your agent, you absolutely need to trust him or her, and your agent should be available for YOU....when you are available.
Good luck and congratulations!
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All are good answers below. It can be a daunting task when there are so many agents in real estate today to choose from. You can go by referrals from friends or family since they have already worked with someone and can attest to their knowledge and expertise, plus personality and professionalism. I am always glad to get a referral from past clients since it lets me know that I did a good job with them in the past. So that is a good place to start.
Or you could check out some agencies in your area by looking at their websites, seeing what services they offer, etc. Prudential Prime Properties has a great website to look at properties, showing you the addresses of the homes, plus neighborhood facts and up to date information on homes that are new to the market. I can set up a saved search for you based on your home buying criteria and can send you homes that closely match that criteria on a daily basis, making it convenient for you to search for homes on one site, rather than having to go to multiple sites. And you can request home tours as well if you see a property you like online.
I hope you can find someone who is a good fit for you and can make your home buying experience easy and stress-free. If you'd like to talk with me further on what I can offer you for real estate services, feel free to contact me anytime by email, text, or cell phone below. I wish you well on your search - now is a great time to buy!
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Of course, experience matters. Ask them how long they've been practicing buyer agency and how many transactions they've done as a buyer's agent. There were relatively few buyer agents in Massachusetts before a law was passed in 2004 that made it legal for companies to represent both the buyer and the seller in the same transaction without calling it dual agency. It's called designated agency. Now anyone can call themselves a buyer's agent even if they work as part of a close-knit team with the listing agent of the home you want to buy.
Find out what professional designations they have, and if they actively take continuing education. Also, not all designations are equal. The best indicator of an agent who takes the profession seriously is the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) designation. Less than 4 percent of all Realtors have the CRS designation, but CRS's account for almost 25 percent of all the residential sales in the U.S. Other designations that matter to buyers are Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Certified Buyer Representative (CBR).
Ask if they are a member of the Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents (MABA).
Ask them what agency means, and see what they say.
Best of luck with your home purchase!
It depends what is important to you, it could be experience, professionalism, friendliness, willing to help, etc. You will work with the agent for at least 3-4 weeks or more, so find someone who have a "click" with you but also is professional, knows the market, will respond to you in a timely manner. There are many sources to find an agent, you can search online, go to open house, ask your friends for referral, but the key is you would like to work with the person. Good luck in finding the right "click".
I'd start calling around, and the first agent who picks up the phone rather than leaving a message for them is one i'd add to your list.
Then start asking a few questions to them, an example is,
How soon can you take us out to view properties? How long has you've been in Real Estate? What area's do you cover? Etc. The questions are to make you comfortable with an Agent gives you talking time to see how you feel about them.
Call a few agents until you feel comfortable with them and get started..
Remember it's NOT the Company they work for it's the Agent who will work for you!!!!
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