There are several ways you can do this; #1 Ask around...friends, family, co-workers whom have worked with a buyers agent, or at least a realtor they had success (or trust ) with. This is how I get many of my buyers. A referral means alot and puts a great amount of responsibility on your buyers rep to do the best for you. Another way is doing some homework on your own and keeping an eye on the top agents in the area you are interested in relocating/ buying in. In other words, the ones who do the most, know the market the best. This is the best advice for finding a buyers rep.
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Best of luck and if you are moving to the southern Ocean County area, which I specialize in, I would be happy to help.
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Don't forget to disclose that you get a substantial fee from this type of referral. The public is largely unaware that friendly referrals are a source of income for the referring agent.
Keller Williams Jersey Shore
You can start online here at Trulia. For some top agents in New Jersey who participate on Trulia, here is a link:
Just by posting what you did, several agents will chime in here who will be happy to work with you. Pick a few and arrange to have them stop by your home for an interview.
I would have a few minimum requirements before I would interview anyone:
1) At least 5 years in the business
2) Full time not part time
Beyond that, a lot of it will come down to "chemistry". Don't be afraid to be demanding. Your agent is here to serve you, not the other way around.
If you have any "tough" questions that you want honest answers to, contact me via my website. I do not work in your area but can answer any general real estate agency questions you might have.
Most agents in NJ are both buyers and sellers agents. Some states like NY are just getting to understand the concept of being able to work with both.
I list home s and I sell homes, I am a listing agent and a sellig agent. The main thing is you find someone that is knowledgeable of the area's you are looking in and you are comfortable with.
I sell Central NJ - call me!
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I am outside of your area and so I have no vested interest here - buying a home is a complicated process -a good agent can make a world of difference!
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I wish you happy house hunting. This is a GREAT time to be a buyer. RIGHT NOW.
Ask a friend or family member. Prior to being a Realtor I made the mistake of going to a phone book and picking a company to represent my sale based on the catchy company name... big mistake. I was very young and did not know that Realtors vary so greatly. I would also suggest you interview more than one. Personalities clash so make sure you like the person who you choose to represent you. Not all Realtors come close to being equal. One may offer everything while the next has great limitations so ask questions and compare.
Best of luck to you!
The National Association of Realtors has a designatiion, ABR--Accredited Buyers Representative. That's another place to look for someone in your area, that has not been mentioned, yet.
If I were a buyer looking for representation, I would:
1st ask a friend/family member for a referral
2nd check out websites like Trulia--the link Mark gave is great, but it's only the start. Don't necessarily just look at an agent's numbers, look at their profile and then read their answers. See who you can best relate to.
3rd Meet agents at open houses and/or check print advertising. Agents love to toot their own horns, so you will get an idea of who is doing what business; however, being a good listing agent doesn't necessarily make one a good buyers' agent.
By the way, if you want to search for homes for sale and find out what the market in Brick is like, you can go to my website and order a market snapshot. It will show you closed sales as well as active listings so that you know not only what is for sale, but what things are selling for. Get your education before you speak with an agent and you will know who really knows the market!
Hi Jewel - You are right to a point. A buyer does not have to stay with one particular agent.. yes, technically speaking, unless they sign a buyers agency agreement. ( not that I have them signed) But, that is where a good agent comes in, sure you can fly from agent to agent but, I can tell when that person is with me.. like a one night stand kind of thing. Buying a home is a relationship all the way around, if you find an agent you like, is knowledgable and you feel the chemistry with a buyer should work with that agent.
Most agents know when buyers are out there with 6 agents.. at that point it becomes a sell them anything fast kind of thing. I do not work that way, I like to help my people buy the right house. When I find out a buyer is working with a few agents agents I let them go and move on to clients that work with me.