How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent to Help You Buy a Home on Your Terms
Use these home buying tips to find the best real estate agent before you sign an exclusive buyer's agent agreement.
Are you ready to find a real estate agent to help you buy a home on your terms? You’ve saved for the down payment on a house, figured out how much house you can afford to buy and searched online for homes for sale in North Carolina or other states; now it’s time to find a buyer’s agent to help you navigate the home-buying process. Follow the steps below to find the right real estate agent to help you buy a home on your terms.
Starting the Search for a Buyer’s Agent
Where can first-time home buyers or individuals who are unhappy with the agent who helped with a previous purchase or buyers new to an area find a real estate agent to help them purchase a home? Referrals from a friend, family member or coworker top the list of how most buyers find a real estate agent. Home buyers can also search for buyer’s agents online or conduct further research on agents who have been referred to them by others. Finally, some buyers find an agent simply by visiting open houses.
Researching Real Estate Agents to Represent You as a Buyer
The next step in the process of finding the right real estate agent to help you buy a home on your terms is to do some research. Take the time to narrow down your options and get an idea of whether or not the agent referred to you will be a good fit. Once you complete this research stage, you will want to set up a face-to-face meeting before signing any paperwork.
How can you research real estate agents? The quickest way to gain insight on a North Carolina real estate agent is to get online. Check out social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), review the agent’s website (company website also), read reviews on Yelp, and perform a Google search for the agent’s name and review the search results. Also, don’t forget to visit your state’s online licensing board to verify the agent’s license status and gather any other information provided by the licensing board.
Interview Real Estate Agents in Person
Now that you have narrowed down your list of real estate professionals, it is time to set up an in-person meeting. Before your meetings, make sure to compile a list of questions you may have regarding the home buying process, local real estate market, agency relationships, etc.
During the interview, you will also want to find out about the real estate agent’s experience, expertise, strategies, services, and successes. Remember, you should not be the only one asking the questions. Good buyer’s agents will have a lot of questions for you as well that cover everything from mortgage pre-approval to your preferred neighborhood. Make sure they are attentive to your needs and are taking notes during the interview.
Do not rush the interview process. Ask as many questions as you feel are necessary to ensure this is the right real estate agent to help you buy a home on your terms (price range, property type, neighborhood, etc.) before you sign a buyer’s agent agreement.
Do you still have lingering questions about how to find the right buyer’s agent or other questions about buying a home in Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill, North Carolina? Red Door Company real estate brokers welcome your questions and are here to help. Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can get you into your dream home on your terms.