Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your lifetime. This can mean that finding the right home and securing the best possible deal can be extremely stressful. While there’s nothing to stop you from going through the process without any support, choosing the services of a real estate agent is a very smart move.

These professionals usually have extensive experience of buying and selling homes, and coupled with their unique knowledge, particularly in the specific location you are looking to move to or from, they can ensure you get the right deal.

However, with plenty of different real estate agents to choose from, how do you know who is going to be the right professional to help you with your property sale or purchase? Here’s our advice on how to find the best real estate agent for buying or selling your home.

Ask Around For Recommendations

One of the easiest ways of finding out who’s a great real estate agent and who to avoid is to ask around your friends, family, and colleagues who have bought or sold a house recently. They will have personal experience to draw upon, and this is a great opportunity to create a shortlist of potential candidates without having to invest too much time and energy into the process.

Interview At Least Three Real Estate Agents

While it may be tempting to take the first personal recommendation that you receive and hire the real estate agent on the spot, you should still take the time to interview at least three different potential candidates to help you decide who is right for you. Just because your friend or neighbor had a great experience with a specific realtor doesn’t mean that you will necessarily forge the same type of relationship.

And since buying or selling a home usually requires a lot of meetings and phone calls with your agent over the course of at least a few months, it’s important to pick an agent that you can get on with, feel that you can trust, and is available during the times that is convenient for you to deal with them. When you interview several different realtors, you get the opportunity to compare them and decide who feels most suitable to help you with your property sale or purchase.

Look For A Real Estate Agent With Great Local Knowledge

While it’s possible to get a feel for an area by visiting it and to learn about it by researching the neighborhood online, it’s difficult to truly appreciate what it’s like unless you live or work there. When it comes to buying a home, especially when you are relocating to a new area, the unique knowledge that your real estate agent has will be invaluable in making sure that you choose the perfect location for your budget and lifestyle goals.

They will also have an expert understanding of how the real estate market is in the area and will be best placed to advise you on demand and supply, and the type of offer you should be looking to make. If you are selling your home, your real estate agent’s knowledge of the market will help you to position yourself competitively, while still getting maximum value for your property.  

Choose A Real Estate Agent Who Works Full Time

There’s no doubt that you can be a good real estate agent and only work part-time, but the problem with this setup for buyers and sellers is that their agents might not always be available when they need them. Being able to react quickly is an important benefit, particularly in markets where demand is high, and availability of properties is low. If your real estate agent has other commitments, they may not be able to act as quickly as you need them to, and this could affect whether you secure your dream home or get the best offer on your property sale. A full-time agent will have more time to dedicate to your needs.

For more advice on how to find the best real estate agent for buying or selling a home, contact B.Properties today!