When you begin house shopping, you may be tempted to do everything on your own. After all, the Internet does provide easy access to house listings, but that doesn’t mean you can do the entire process without assistance. Having a real estate agent is going to benefit you in a number of ways but when you are looking for such an agent, you want to ensure that you get the best one available.
It can be difficult to determine which agent is going to provide the services you need when you’re just looking on the surface. After all, you will see advertisements for their services everywhere, and they certainly do hype up what they have to offer. In reality, not every agent is going to offer the same services and some of them are going to be more professional than others. Here are a few ways to can choose an agent before you sign on the dotted line.
One important thing that you can do is have a discussion with any recent clients of the agent. Ask the real estate agent for contact information of people they have helped within the past year. More than likely, you also be able to find some of this information online. You can ask for details if you like but typically, it is enough to find out if they were satisfied or disappointed in the services that were provided.
Licensing is also a very important part and you might be surprised with the fact that some people working as a real estate agent do not have the proper licensing. You can typically look up the information about licensing in your state online.
There are also a variety of credentials that may be associated with those who are in the real estate field. Similar to the way that a doctor would specialize in a certain area, real estate agents may also specialize in such an area.
Some of the different criteria that they may hold include the CRS (certified residential specialist), SRES (seniors real estate specialist) and ABR (accredited buyers representative). You can also look for a realtor that spells it with a capital R. In doing so, they are indicating they are a member of the NAR.
You can learn a lot about an agent by looking at the homes that they are currently listing. It is always beneficial if they have listings that are in the same area where you are looking or where you are selling. It typically means that they will be familiar with the area and may know about homes for sale that would be to your liking.
These are a few of the ways that you can find a good agent to handle the real estate transaction. When you have a good agent by your side, they will be there for you through the process, helping you to see various homes and perhaps even being at the closing. It is a choice that is well worth considering carefully.