When buying a home, who you choose to work with matters more than you think. Finding the right buyers real estate agent can make or break your entire experience, so it’s important to interview a few candidates before settling on “the one.” Not sure where to start? Here are a few must-ask questions to consider before you pick your buyer’s agent.
How long have you been an agent?
Unless you mesh well with a newer agent, it’s usually better to go with someone who has at least a few years of experience under their belt. They’ll have the knowledge you need to navigate the ins and outs of the entire buying process.
Are you a full-time or a part-time Real Estate Buyers Agent?
When you’re buying a home, would you rather work with someone who puts in part-time or full-time effort? It’s best to go with a full-time agent that can devote more attention to you and your specific needs.
What experience do you have in my preferred areas?
If you already know where you want to move, consider collaborating with a real estate pro that has plenty of experience in your target areas. They’ll have the inside scoop on the most popular neighborhoods, price trends, and all the other details you need to know before you buy.
What professional designations have you earned that can help you help me?
The National Association of Realtors offers several professional designations for Realtor specialties. Two great ones for buyer’s agents are the Accredited Buyers Agent (ABR) and Certified Buyers Representative (CBR) We currently hold both of these designations, Ann the CBR, Jim the ABR.
How can I get in touch with you?
Communication is key in the world of real estate, and every agent has a different way of connecting with clients. Be upfront about which method works best for you, and confirm that your agent is willing to reach out in a way that you’re comfortable with. Call or text Ann or Jim at 603-436-1221 or email Ann@AnnCummings.com or Jim@JimLee.com
What are the conditions of your contract?
Some buyer’s agents require you to sign a contract before you start touring homes, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, you shouldn’t agree to anything without reading all the terms and conditions, and if you have any concerns, bring them up during the interview.
Can you connect me with other professionals?
You’ll work with more than just a real estate agent when you buy a home. If you’re looking for a good home inspector, lender, real estate attorney, repairman, or cleaner, having an agent with a broad professional network is a major plus.
Looking for a Top-Notch Agent?
If you’re looking for the right real estate agent to suit your needs, we’d love to offer you our expertise! Feel free to give us a call to learn more about the tools we offer our buyers—we’re always here to lend a helping hand or answer any lingering questions. Contact Ann and Jim