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. If, on the other hand, you want to buy a property, then you need a buyer’s agent. Either way, as soon as you sign your contract with a real estate agent, they have a legal obligation to represent you.
The experience of your realtor is perhaps the most important thing. Usually, those with the most experience tend to deliver the best service. If you find someone who was operating before the financial crisis and is still in business today, you are on to a really good one. You also need to make sure that the experience they have is relevant to you. For example, if you are trying to become a property investor, your needs will be very different than if you are looking to downsize after retirement. You also need to know that your realtor understands your demographic and geographical requirements. 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.
Once you have looked into experience, you must review the realtor’s reputation as well. There are many realtors out there who quite deservedly have a very bad name. There are a number of tools at your disposal to find a good realtor, fortunately. Be sure to check the Better Business Bureau in terms of finding out how good the realtor is. Social media is another tool out there that can tell you a lot. People leave comments and reviews through social media that are hard to ignore or hide by companies, so this is a great way to get an honest opinion. Do also ask the opinion of people you know. Before you allow a single complaint to push you away from a realtor, however, find out whether there is any relevance on the complaint to you and see how the realtor has responded to the complaint and improved their service.
As you can see, with a bit of forward thinking, you should be able to find the right realtor for your needs. Their service is about ensuring you can find the home of your dreams. This is why it is so important to only work with someone that will truly do their best for you.