Before the day is over, you are likely going to have a long list of agents saying, â€œPick me, pick me!!â€ This is actually a great place to find a Realtor because those who are online in a forum such as this are usually more tech savvy and in touch with the current market.
Iâ€™d recommend that you sort through those who respond, pick the ones who look most interesting to you and then send each of them an email:
â€¢ Ask them for the number of transactions theyâ€™ve done this past year in the current market. Itâ€™s been a tough year and many Realtors simply have not been able to figure out how to work effectively in the current marketplace. You want a Realtor who has represented a lot of buyers this past year, has learned to compete and win in multiple offer situations and who understands all the various aspects of the market.
â€¢ Ask them for at least 5 written testimonials from this past 12 months. Get the references so you can call the past clients in person.
â€¢ As them for their Buyerâ€™s Philosophy in writing. You want to work with someone who has taken the time to think through the buying process and has written down their thoughts and buying process in a way you can easily understand. You want to be able to see, in writing, what you can expect the agent to do for you.
â€¢ Ask them if they use a buyer-broker agreement. You want to be very careful that you DO NOT get locked into a contract with an agent guaranteeing them a specific rate of commission (paid out of YOUR pocket, if necessary) or that will prohibit you from changing Realtors should you determine they are not a match for you.
Based on your responses, narrow down the list to three candidates and then meet with them in person. Develop a list of questions that cover the areas important to you and then ask each of them to respond to every question. Interview each carefully and then decide which one is the best match for you. If you do your homework, youâ€™ll more than likely be VERY happy with the results.
Here are a few posts that may be helpful:
Why You DONâ€™T Want A Dedicated Buyerâ€™s Agent
How NOT To Buy A House â€“ 6 Important Rules For First-Time Buyers
Use The Gut, Luke (The Most Important Thing To DO When Buying A Home)