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How to Choose a Realtor For Buying a Home

First and foremost, once you decide that you are ready, concentrate on Tips for Buyers and Researching to Buy.  Then, find a qualified, reliable Agent.  My personal thoughts, beliefs and experience have taught me when choosing an Agent to purchase your home:

  1. Comfort Level. You have to have a rapport with your agent and be able to communicate openly.  Choose somebody that you are able to speak to freely and that you aren’t just going to yes to death or because of a personal relationship be afraid to be a little firm when needed.  This is your home that you are buying and you need to feel comfortable when speaking.  Trust your instincts.  It is very important to feel comfortable.

  2. Availability. Ensure they are available when you will need them.  For example, if you are working with an agent who is an agent part time, you have to understand their 9-5 day job is going to come first.  Thus, on a Tuesday morning if you want to look at a home because it is your day off, that isn’t feasible.  They also may not be able to communicate throughout the day so if you have an urgent question or thought, you will have to wait until they are free.  This is especially important at a point where they are your point of contact and things are dependent on an answer.  If they are unreachable all day, things could get held up 24 hours depending on the situation.  Banks aren’t open 24 hours for example.

  3. Location.  Does the realtor know the area? Is the agent local for showings if there is a new house that you want to check out tonight?  If you need some assistance or guidance, are they able to provide it?  This is especially important when you are moving to a new town.

  4. Contact.  How often will you hear from the agent?  Make sure your agent is reachable and will remain in contact with you.  If you send them an email on Monday, will you wait until Wednesday to hear back from them?  You are antsy and ready to move, you like to be patient, but there is a limit to how patient you can be.  You don’t want to miss out on your dream home because they didn’t contact you back for a couple of days.

  5. Accessibility.  Are they going on vacation? If so, do you have a team that will take over while you are gone or will my home search wait for you to get back?  You need to know and make sure there is a system in place.  If the agent is sick and can’t get out of bed to show you a house, make sure they have a backup!

  6. The Transaction.If the Realtor is fumbling over the contract, lost paperwork, etc., how do you think the rest of the listing will go?  Make sure they are qualified and professional.  That they are business savvy, able to negotiate, hold a conversation, knowledgeable.  This person is responsible with your most expensive asset and your future.

Buying a home is an adventure.Be sure to check out the articles I’ve hand picked and follow me for more.Good luck! Happy Moving!

Melissa created The Best NJ Realtor Website and Blog to provide clients with information for NJ Real Estate when Buying and Selling a Home in NJ.  Melissa’s “home base” is a Lacey NJ Realtor, where she has lived for 10 + years.

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