Obviously, recommendations are an excellent method. Interviewing agents is another. Are they knowledgeable about the market? Are they experienced? Assertive enough to be a good negotiator?
Astute agents will help buyers clarify their criteria, and give feedback on what is financially realistic. If the buyer is new in town, the agent should show them around – walk them through a few homes to give them an idea of what is available, and to get their feedback. Good agents show buyers only those homes that meet their criteria. They do not waste the buyer’s time.
Aside from working with an agent, buyers should also keep an eye on the real estate section of the local newspapers. It is always possible for a buyer to find something that is new on the market, and has not, as yet, come to the agents attention.
Finding a home and working with an agent can be a delightful experience for a buyer.
Find the right agent, and give them as much information and feedback as possible. Author Contact Info: DT