Before you start looking for a realtor, you need to understand what representation actually is. For those who are looking at selling their home, there are seller’s agents. Those who want to buy, however, are looking for a buyer’s agent. As soon as you have signed a contract with one of these agents, they have a legal duty to represent you properly.
Firstly, you should find out how experienced your realtor is. Usually, realtors with more experience are also better at their job. The best realtors got into the business before the recent economic crisis and are still working today. You do have to ensure they have experience that is relevant to your personal needs. For instance, the needs of a first time buyer are very different from the needs of a national property developer. The second thing you need to know if how much of an expert they are in terms of the geography and demographics you require. For example, those who want to purchase a ranch will need a realtor that understands soil conditions and production methods and who can also look into the homestead that comes with the ranch. Should you be interested in purchasing a property that is historic or listed, for instance, you will need the services of someone very different.
Take note also of some things that should not be done. Don’t choose a realtor that you know as a friend or a relative. This would represent a huge conflict of interest and it could also mean that you struggle to be honest with each other. Also, your relationship could be tainted if things don’t work out. Also don’t work with a realtor who is also representing the other party. Don’t be afraid to go to a new realtor if you’re not happy with the service. If you find you do want to leave your current realtor, do so respectfully. Don’t tell realtors that you will definitely work with them unless you are sure yourself. Always honestly tell them at which stage you are. Honesty is the best policy and you expect honesty from them, so you need to return that courtesy.
It is hoped that you can use the above information to find the right realtor for your needs. Their role is to make sure you find the property of your dreams. Make sure, therefore, you pick someone that you can trust in that job.