As you have just read, 'finding an agent' can become a full time job. The reality is, if you have to set up appointments to interview three agents, get their credit reports, obtain references, and chat with the boss, the excitement to buy a home will have long passed.
Finding a good agent is like finding a good professional in any trade. They tend go out of business because they self destruct. This is accomplished before the end of the second year. An agent with 3 or more years in the business is a good indicator. The other most important indicator is, "Are they listening to you? Are the questions the ask revealing more about your objectives or do their questions mostly enable them to talk about themselves. You want an agent pre-occupied with meeting your home buying need and objective.
How can an agent help you? ReMax agents average nationally over 13 transactions a year. This would suggest a real estate professional who are actively involved in the buying and selling of homes knows what is happening today, the challenges and obstacles that plague home buyers in this market, and will be able to navigate in intricacies that so complicate the process. Real estate PROS bring with them the EASY button. They do the work, you pack.
Agent to find a house? No, you don't. However, most home owners are wise to not let anyone into their home unless they are represented by a real estate professional. These homeowner what to sell their home, not become an entertainment service.
Now, pick up the phone and call as San Francisco agent.
Test #1, if your call goes to voice mail, be aware making quick contact may be difficult as the home buying process advances
Test #2. Did they ask sufficient questions to know what you are looking for? Did they ask if you have been prequalified by a mortgage lender, defined the home you seek, your timeline for moving, special needs?. This is an attribute of organization. You may benefit from working with a organized professional.
Test #3. Do they respect your schedule. The greatest sign of disrepect is being late. Being on time is only one minute away from being late. Some agents believe the world operates on real estate agent time. Make effort to evaluate if your time is respected.
Three easily staged tests and the ability to listen...will go far in your selection process.
Best of success in finding your new home.
ReMax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL