When you are talking to different buyer's agents, which you should definitely do, as this process is not like choosing an exterminator (sorry exterminators, I'm sure a bedbug infestation coupled with raccoon nests compounded by a rare breed of Gambian tsetse fly breeding requires careful selection of a professional), anybody who seems upsets by your questions, calls you incessantly after your meeting, or in some ways show signs of passive-aggressiveness/odd behavior clearly is not up for the challenge of dealing with a buyer, a person who will generally experience many emotional ups and downs throughout the buying process and needs a real estate professional who is capable of handling disappointment, anger, nervousness, and all manner of emotions.
You have received spot-on recommendations here for how to locate buyer's agents. But much like the last poster said, don't be fooled by stats and grand advertisements, nor for that matter a new Lexus (a new Ferrari however, is impressive).
While knowledge of the immediate market is imperative, and fundamental to the process, personality ranks a very very close second. You will develop a relationship with your realtor. And it can be a relationship that entails a lot more emotion than your dealings with just about any other professional. If you don't sense a 'natural flow' with your prospective agent, and are unable to comfortably trust this person, then it's essential that you continue your search.
Best of luck.
Once you get past the basics - they're full-time agents, they're knowledgeable, they have time for you - then you really have to select on the basis of how well you communicate with each other. Far and away the most common complaint buyers have with their agents comes down to communication!
We don't mind answering questions, and for most questions, there is no "best" answer. For example, there's no evidence that an agent with two years of experience isn't as good as one with twenty. Or that one who sells fifty homes a year is better than one who sells ten.
Don't worry about their egos, be more conscious about evaluating their ids - you're going to be riding around in a car with them for some time, walking through houses together, thinking aloud and asking questions and having some uncertainties . . . you want somebody who is going to be fine with you going through all that.
All the best,
Ask co workers possibly or others that you trust.
Referrals are always the best, as I would assume no one is going to refer a bad Realtor.
Hope that helps
A true Buyer's Agent, an EXCLUSIVE Buyer's agent works solely with buyers, has no listings, and cannot work for a company that has listings. The best site is NAEBA the National Association of Exclusive Buyer's Agents, which has a list of all its members in the nation. In Colorado, there are only 12 EBA's or Exclusive Buyers Agents, a rare breed in the real estate world, and the philosophy is that it is NOT in the best interests of the buyer to work with the listing agent or company because this is a conflict of interest. They know what the seller wants and buyers are put in milk toast situation.
This is quite different than working on behalf of a buyer, knowing what my buyer's want and advocating for their best interests, in price, terms, inspections, etc.
If I can help with further questions, please contact me at 970-749-6120 or
I also answer many questions on my website, http://www.durangohomebuyer.com.
Many blessings on your search!
The above website will help you find an exclusive buyer's agent in Colorado.
Anyone can be a buyer's agent but find someone that is an exclusive buyer's agent and you won't run into any conflicts. Any doctor can do surgery but wouldn't you want someone with expertise?
Make some calls is my advice.
Check with the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents (NAEBA) to see if they have a referral in Durango http://(www.NAEBA.com).
Good luck with your search and feel free to come by and interview us at Blue Ribbon Properties! We promise no to get upset if you end up picking someone else! Check out our website for buyer's info and our blog for weekly real estate statistics, recent sales and new listings.
Good question and thanks for asking. Luckily, there are 250 agents in Durango! My partner and I prefer to work as Buyer's agents, advocating for our Buyers. So, the most important thing is to find a Realtor that works full-time (we do) and that works as a Buyers' agent (we do) and one that you feel you can trust and that you think you would enjoy working with. We would love to interview for the job and are easy to reach, Call us at 375-3232 or email us at email@example.com. We have 28 years experience in real estate so you'll be in good hands. Thanks again for the question and we hope to hear from you. Cheers, Sebastian and Samantha.
You are correct, it is a big decision for you, and you need to work with the person who most likely understands your goals and has a proven track-record.
Congratulations on your decision to purchase
Best of luck to you!