After years of trying unsuccessfully to list my home on my own, I finally realized that I needed some serious help. I began looking for a great real estate agent who could help me out, and after interviewing a few professionals I found someone that was really in tune with what I needed. They sat down with me to talk about my needs and worked hard to help me to identify different homes that could work for my family. I wanted to make a blog all about selecting the perfect agent to work with during your house hunt. Check out this blog for great tips on choosing agents.
Now that you have decided to buy a new home, you're likely on the hunt for a reliable real estate agent to work with. Here are a few things the agent should be able to do for you:
To save you time and energy during your home search, your real estate agent should be able and willing to pre-qualify all prospective real estate for sale before you take the time to tour them in person or consider making an offer. Based on your specific needs, preferences, and expectations, your real estate agent will look into each home that looks interesting to you on paper and weed out any options that don't meet all of your criteria for one reason or another.
Forget about touring homes that claim to be three bedrooms when, in reality, there are only two rooms and a decorated attic. Your real estate agent will use various tactics to ensure that you don't have to settle or change your expectations during the house hunting process.
Act as a Reliable Middle Man
Your real estate agent should also be willing to act as the middle man between you and home sellers throughout the house hunting process. Instead of having to contact the sellers or their agents directly with questions and concerns you might have, your realtor will do all the legwork for you. This will save you time, cut down on frustration, and minimize unnecessary correspondence that could cause confusion.
When you have a question or even some feedback for a seller, you should be able to make a call or send an email to your realtor, and they will get back to you with the information you need within just a day or two. There's no need to worry about finding or managing more than your agent's contact information when it comes time to communicate or negotiate prices with sellers.
Represent You Throughout the Closing Process
A reliable real estate agent won't stop working for you just because they've successfully helped you make a deal for the home you decide to buy. They'll continue representing you throughout the entire closing process and ensure that everything goes smoothly until the final paperwork is signed and recorded. They will get you approved for a mortgage under terms you're comfortable with.
An experienced agent will also make sure that your escrow account is opened correctly and that the escrow process is efficient so you can quickly move into your new home. And they'll get you the title insurance you need for long-term protection after you're recorded as the new owner of the house you buy.