So it’s time to buy or sell a home. For many people, the feelings of anxiety can take over. Buying or selling your home is one of the biggest decisions you might make in their life. Choosing the right agent can make a world of difference, so where do you begin?
Finding a Buyer’s Agent
You’ll want to look for different qualities in a Buyer’s Agent versus a Listing Agent, and some Real Estate brokerages actually have Agents who specialize in one or the other. When you’re looking to buy a home, you’ll be spending a lot of time with your Agent. They may drive you around the city on weekends or meet up with you at each home, but either way, you’ll see them quite a bit.
Your comfort should be most important in buying a home. A house is one of the biggest purchases you will make, and you should feel completely satisfied with your decision. Find an Agent who wants to know about your ideal home. They should ask questions about what kind of neighborhood, appliances and flooring you prefer. Sometimes you won’t know exactly what you want until you see a couple houses. You’re always entitled to change your mind, just keep the lines of communication open with your Agent.
Call different brokerages, ask friends for a referral, and meet with multiple Agents. Ask them to meet you for lunch and explain what you’re looking for, choose the Agent who seems to be in touch with what you want.
Finding a Listing Agent
Finding a Berkley Real Estate Listing Agent can require a whole different approach, since you won’t be spending as much time with them, and their skill set will be different. Always keep in mind, they are your Agent, and they work for you.
A Listing Agent will want to sign a List Agreement with you, that gives them anywhere from 6 months to a year to sell your property. They work off of the commission from the sale of your house and they spend their own money to market your home, so make sure to meet with a couple different Agents before deciding.
Ask them to have a marketing plan ready for your consideration, ask them if they plan on hosting an Open House and what kind of technology they will be using. Make sure you agree on a fair market value for the price of your home, this can be a point of contention between many Agents and Sellers. While many Sellers can be unrealistic about the housing market and how far it’s dropped, ask your Agent to provide comps (comparable sold properties) to justify the list price.
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