A great buyer's agent is the first, and possibly most important, decision you make when choosing to buy a house. You need someone who:
1.) Listens to your wants and needs.
2.) Knows how to find you what you want without wasting your time.
3.) Has a keen understanding of the market and the transaction details.
4.) Listens to your wants and needs.
Look for a buyer who is willing to sit down with you and explain the process. Although I believe in protecting myself and my clients, and having them know how much house they can afford, if the agent wants you to rush into signing an agreement and talk to their lender before they go over the process, they may not have your best interests at heart. Take the time to interview your Realtor with an open heart and mind. You're going to be working very intimately with them in the next few months so you want to make sure it's a good fit. Just because someone is the "neighborhood expert" or is related to your neighbor's cousin's friend, doesn't mean you are going to enjoy house-hunting with them or trust them during a stressful process.
Don't rush the courtship. Ask questions, all kinds of questions. Ask for references, referrals and recommendations. Google them. Ask how they protect their clients in sticky situations.
And if you feel inclined, call me. I'd be glad to sit down and discuss the Denver housing market and finding your place in it.
Tracy Shaffer, Broker Associate
YOUR CASTLE REAL ESTATE