What kind of question would you ask when choosing a buyer's agent?

Asked by Nao, Detroit, MI Tue Dec 9, 2008

I need a buyer's agent. What kind of question would you ask when choosing a buyer's agent to choose a good person?

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Tina C. Wong, Agent, SAN BRUNO, CA
Wed Dec 10, 2008
Dear Nao,

You may learn more about it from http://www.hud.gov/owning/index.cfm and click on "Buyer" how to shop for a realtor. Experience and committment of an agent is definitely important, how do you know? See if they have designations following their names such as CRS, GRI, ABR and more...
CRS-Certified Residential Specialist who has obtained the highest award in residential sales field, http://www.crs.com/
GRI-Graduate Realtor Institue who committed themselves of 90 hours education on real estate.
ABR-Accredited Buyer Representative who is completed 2 full days of specified educational and practical experience criteria.

The most important factor is that YOU feel comfortable with him/her, trust your instinct.

Best regards,
Web Reference:  http://tinacwong.com
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Sonya Loose, Agent, Beaverton, MI
Tue Dec 9, 2008
Nao, I think all the previous answers are great and each person thought of something for you to ask! I would like to add that you should see if they are an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR). That would mean they have their ABR designation which is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. Also, let them know how you like to communicate (text, email, phone) and make sure they can accomodate that as well. Good luck!
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Orly Steinbe…, Agent, Ringwood, NJ
Tue Dec 9, 2008
I would ask the Buyer's Agent if they are truly adept and an expert in the geographical location you are searching for a home. They need to know everything about the area and the community like the back of their hand.
I would also want to know that the Buyer's agent is going to be my advocate when looking for a home. putting themselves in my shoes as far as my wants and needs and stay withing my monetary comfort zone.
I would want them to do a market evaluation for me and help me negotiate the best price.
I also would want them to hold my hand and guide me through the entire process.
Web Reference:  http://www.onlyorly.com
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Frank Bailey, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Tue Dec 9, 2008
You would ask them how much experience they have in your particular homebuying requests. Ask how much they know the area and the market information of that area. Are they full time, part time, and see how responsive they are to your emails or questions. It's all about working as a team with your Realtor, you and them have to feel comfortable working together.
Web Reference:  http://www.fabailey.com
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Lori Rossi, Agent, Warwick, RI
Tue Dec 9, 2008
Testimonials from past clients would be a plus. Usually only bad news spreads fast, so if they are a good agent, they should have some pretty happy previous clients that would be happy to refer them. Good luck in your home search. If you need assistance finding an agent, let me know, I can refer a professional (good person) who specializes in your area.

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