How to find best realtor/agent?

Asked by Daniel W., West Chester, PA Wed May 23, 2012

I am a first time home buyer, so please pardon me if this is a silly question. How do I pick the best realtor/agent to assist me in buying a house (will not be buying until 2013)? I want to make sure I have someone who has my best interests in mind...for example, I don't want to go with XYZ Company to buy a house if XYZ Company is also selling that house for the seller?

Does that make sense? Is there a certain way to make sure the person/company representing me isn't also representing the seller?

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Bela Vora, Agent, Exton, PA
Thu May 24, 2012
Hello Daniel

You have a lot of good advice here...one thing I would add - go with someone who knows the area where you want to buy. Sit down with 2-3 agents and select with your gut feel. Real estate is about knowledge, diligence, communication and trust.

I will be happy to sit down and discuss more - my broker is Coldwell Banker Preferred and my office is in Exton. You may learn more about me at http://www.belavora.com.

Bela Vora
484 947 3127
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Mary Robins, Agent, Wayne, PA
Wed May 23, 2012
Call me! You'll be glad you did. I have two Buyer Agents on my team, one does NOT take listings, no conflict.
Mary Robins, ABR, CRS, GRI, REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
610-647-8300
610-784-3281
http://www.Marys-Homes.com
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R. Eric Axel…, Agent, Cherry Hill, NJ
Wed May 23, 2012
Hi Daniel, you should set up coffee meetings with a few agents that you feel may be a good fit. Or just telephone chats. I would look for the following. Regarding "dual agency," simply tell that to the agent upfront and make sure they sign something to that effect. 

1. Education/Knowledge: Regardless of whether they have a designation (ABR, CRS) or are a Broker (intensive continuing education, could open their own office), you should look for an agent that has SOME sort of additional education. 

2. Experience: You want a full time agent. I work 9 hour days. I can't fathom how a part time agent could possibly do all the things they need to close a deal for you. 

3. Personality: Lastly, choose somebody you genuinely like! You're going to be spending a lot of time with them as it gets closer to 2013.

If you would like to read my bio, you can go here: http://www.kurfiss.com/agents/detail/id/1006891

Don't let our website scare you. We represent buyers in EVERY price range. You just get luxury treatment!

Eric Axelson, Associate Broker
Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty
267.507.2287 d
axelson@kurfiss.com
Licensed in NJ and PA
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Amy Victor, Agent, West Chester, PA
Wed May 23, 2012
Most importantly when you interview agents find one who you feel you are compatible with, similar personalities and urgency. If you are laid bsck and your agent runs at top speed or vice versa it can make things tense. However, sometimes it's good to have that type of relationship to keep each other in check so be sure not to be too quick to scratch someone off the list. Do you feel that they want to help or are you just another client is a good question to ask yourself. As you interview ask about dual agency- it can be done quite effectively when you have a good and steadfast agent, but you have to agree to this so if you are uncomfortable than certainly speak up. Good luck! Purchasing can be fun, exciting, nerve wracking and extremely rewarding! I would be happy to speak with you! Amy
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Daniel Robins, Agent, West Chester, PA
Wed May 23, 2012
Contact the Daily Local News and find out who was voted #1 in all of Chester County for 2011
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Cat Mayo, Agent, Newton, MA
Wed May 23, 2012
I would say... interview them. Find someone you feel comfortable with . You will know when you feel the right fit :)
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Wed May 23, 2012
Talk with several agents and ask them to explain a Buyer Broker Agreement with you. That Agreement outlines what they do for you.

If you don't want a Dual Brokerage, you are going to be limiting the houses which fit for you. I wouldn't rule them out. Do understand how Dual Brokerage and Dual Agency Work. It varies by the Broker of Record.

If you would like to drop me a note off line with some details on your purchase, I can research, screen, and refer a local agent for you to interview.

Have an amazing day!
Web Reference:  http://www.terrivellios.com
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The Kirk Sim…, Agent, West Chester, PA
Wed May 23, 2012
Number one. You are going to get many agents here. Lol

Seriously choose someone with the ABR designation and the CRS designation.
http://Www.rebac.net
http://Www.crs.com

I would be happy to interview.

Good luck
Kirk
Web Reference:  http://Www.kirksimmon.com
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