Finding a good realtor is tough. There are billions of real estate agents listed online making the decision difficult. So how do you know who is reputable and who isn\'t?
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When buying a new home, chances are very good that you are going to choose a realtor to help you
with your home buying needs. With many realtors out there, finding one you can trust may seem to be a
daunting task. Especially if you've never hired a realtor before, or if you've ever had one whom you
couldn't trust, choosing a good realtor may be extremely difficult, if next to impossible, to accomplish.
So how do you find one whom you can trust, and one who will simplify your home buying experience?
Here are a few tips to help you find the right realtor.
It's not enough to open the yellow pages and scan the listings of realtors there. Ideally, going to the
realtor's office is the best option, but you may not have the time to do this. Chances are there will be
too many realtors for you to go visit, so you may choose to conduct an interview on the phone. Be
prepared with a list of questions to ask, and expect frank and honest answers. It won't take long for you
to find out during the conversation whether the realtor is honest, or if they are simply a salesperson
who evades your questions by giving you pat answers, or fluff.
Ask for References
A good Las Vegas Realtor will be happy to give you the names of satisfied customers, in order to back up
how trustworthy they will be for you. Sometimes, many people will find realtors on word of mouth
Happy customers will be delighted to talk to you about your potential realtor, and many times, this will
arm you with the best information about the realtor you are considering.
Talk to the Broker
In some cases, talking opening with the broker about your realtor's performance may give you clues as
to how trustworthy your realtor might be. This may not always give you the best information, as the
broker certainly wants your business in the same way the realtor does, but a broker who is willing to talk
with you as a potential client may help you determine whether the company the realtor works for will
be behind you all the way.
Look for Communication Skills
There is nothing more frustrating than a realtor who does not listen to your needs. If you tell the realtor
that your maximum price you would pay for a home is $200,000, and the realtor continually shows you
homes outside of your price range, chances are very good that your realtor isn't concerned about your
needs or what you can actually afford, but is more interested in how much commission they may earn
off of your business with them. A realtor should remember how many children you have, and how many
bedrooms you need, for example; and if you need an office, show you homes with ideal office space; if
you have a dog, then the realtor should remember to find homes for you with a fenced in back yard, for
instance. You should never have to continually remind your realtor what your needs are; if you are
constantly reiterating your needs, then it could be indicative of your realtor either having too many
clients, or not really interested in what your needs really are.
Express Your Needs
A realtor isn't a mind reader, and it really is up to you to make sure your realtor knows exactly what you
are looking for. If you are not sure what you are looking for, then it is in your best interest to find a
realtor truly interested in narrowing down what you want. Ask questions. If you don't know whether a
school district in a particular area is a good one, for example, and you don't have children, then it is the
realtor's job to help you understand that even though you might not be concerned about schools right
now, there is a possibility in the future that it will be an issue. And while you cannot expect your realtor
to read your mind, a good, trustworthy realtor can still anticipate your needs.
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
Some realtors only perform the minimum tasks in order to help you find a home. A good, trustworthy
realtor will go above and beyond the minimal duties. Do you need help finding a loan officer? Will your
realtor locate one for you? Will your realtor be present at closing time in case you have any last minute
questions? Will your realtor hand-deliver the title to the court on the same day you close? Will your
realtor investigate any issues you may have with the home you want to purchase, like will real-estate
taxes be included in your price, or will the appliances be included in the home purchase, or is the seller
going to provide a home warranty?
Some things may not occur to you now as a home buyer, but it should be in your realtor's best interest
to make sure they investigate any possible issues that may come up during the course of the
The key to finding a trustworthy realtor is to ask questions, no matter how silly they might be to you.
They should be familiar with school districts, utility company policies, which cable company is available
to you, and other things that are not necessarily part of your home purchase, but it is these little things
that make a realtor extraordinary, and one that you can trust to help you find the perfect home.