Finding a Real Estate Agent
Before you start looking at properties that you want to buy, you should find a realtor that you are comfortable doing business with. Realtors are just like any other professionals so you should be as careful about your choice of realtor as you are when looking for a plumber, doctor, attorney or mechanic.
Searching for a realtor that meets your needs can start on the Internet. You can search through directories, look up what other clients have had to say about particular real estate agents and even research each agent individually through their personal website. While this is a good place to begin your search, you should expand your searching capabilities outside of the Internet as well.
There is a lot of competition in the real estate industry so agents have to use aggressive tactics to market themselves and their services. Keep this in mind when searching through the hundreds of advertisements during the searching process.
What if Cars were Homes?
What if we no longer went to auto dealerships to buy cars? What if we had to find cars the way we find homes – going to the individual cars and looking at them from the outside? It would be difficult to make a decision based on what we see from the outside, wouldn’t it?
When it comes to buying a home, the decision is even more important. A realtor, however, makes the process simple. A real estate agent has access to the keys of any home listed on the Multiple Listing Service. They can also look through the information listed for each home and help you narrow your search by looking for certain features and amenities that are important to you.
Other realtors actually go out to the homes and inspect them for you instead of just looking at the information online. You can tell a lot more about a home by stepping inside than you can from looking at pictures on the MLS. Much like a car, what is on the inside is what counts. Which realtor would you rather choose – the one that goes out to the homes and gets a firsthand account of what they are like or the one that just sits in their office looking at pictures of the homes to help you find the one that’s right for you?
You wouldn’t buy a car that way. Don’t choose a realtor that would encourage you to buy a home that way, either.