Recently, some clients of mine decided to move to a new city. Because it was a new city, they also decided to buy using a new agent from that city.
If you are considering listing or selling your home and decide that you’d like to use an agent (which I highly recommend), it’s important to remember some things before choosing a person who’ll be representing you in the buying/selling process. Here’s a list of 5 that I think should be at the top of your list…
1) Trust your instincts: You will be working with this person as a representative of you. If you don’t feel immediately comfortable with the person, it’s likely not a good idea to move forward with anything else and you should find another agent.
2) Best interest: many agents may be well informed of the market conditions of the area your looking to purchase in, but don’t consider who you are or what you want. Make sure that the agent asks you questions about what your intentions are for selling, any future plans you might have that would influence where you want to live: children (or lack there of), schools, transportation, proximity to shops, grocery stores, entertainment, your place of employment, etc.
3) Market Conditions: conversely, an agent may be very interested in what your life-style considerations are but may not be well informed of the market conditions and how they might affect your chances of re-sale in the future and consequently, the possible return on your investment. Ensure you get a full market analysis and that the properties you’re being shown reflect what is fair for the market and has good odds of increasing in value in the future.
4) Well Connected: Whether in-house or personally connected, ensure that your agent is well connected to a team of professionals who can help in the selling/buying process. Mortgage or insurance agents, lawyers, home inspectors, a marketing and advertising team, etc. All of these people help the process go a lot smoother and hopefully faster.