There are many firms and agents from which to choose. Be very selective; hire a Buyer Agent who will only represent you and your best interests (not the Seller’s).
As your Buyer Agent I represent only you, not the Owner/Seller of the home you decide to purchase. Beware many Agents choose to work with both the buyer and the seller in the same transaction; which is not in your best interest.
Real Estate IS Local
Hire a Buyer Agent who is very knowledgeable and experienced working in the local area(s) you want to live. A local agent has in-depth knowledge about home sale prices which is just one of the vital aspects needed to determine fair market value.
A highly knowledgeable Buyer Agent will provide comprehensive insights about properties listed for sale, under agreement and recently sold.
Hire an Agent who demonstrates a solid understanding of the current market, trends and strategies needed to be competitive right now.
Every Agent Is Unique
Bear in mind real estate agents work as “Independent Contractors” and each may offer vastly different levels of service; even in the same brokerage firm.
Real estate agents must be highly skilled in many practice areas to be successful, including:
- Understand how to protect your rights within city, state and federal regulations
- Educate, coach and advocate on your behalf
- Be personable and respectful to everyone at all times
- Readily available and juggle an unpredictable schedule
- Highly organized, effective with multi-tasking and time management
- Keep current with market trends and provide updated market analysis
- Proficient statistical analysis, ability to spot market trends
- Proven negotiation strategies and techniques
- Effective management of people and tasks to ensure a smooth closing
In addition to asking agents to share testimonials from their own past Clients, be sure to ask your family, friends and colleagues to share their experiences.
Also ask your mortgage lender, accountant, and attorney for recommendations as well. Real estate industry professionals who work with real estate agents directly are excellent sources for recommendations.
Seek a highly reputable agent with a long-standing, favorable reputation in the local area you are searching.
Interview at least 3 local real estate agents to understand the variety of services offered. Your number one priority is to hire a Buyer Agent who will truly represent only you and your best interests – not the Seller’s.
Contact me today to schedule a Home Buyer Consultation when you are ready to purchase a new home. We can meet in person or virtually from the comfort of your home or office. I welcome your questions about my experience as a Buyer Agent and my local market expertise in Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Medford, and Somerville, MA.
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