Looking for a Real Estate Agent? Here Are 3 Helpful Tips - Real Estate News
August 15, 2015 Real Estate NewsWith our growing economy, competitive mortgage rates, and largely affordable real estate prices, now is the time to consider rental homes, or buying or selling real estate. But you don’t have to do it alone. Enlisting the help of a real estate agent is an excellent way to ensure that you’re getting the home of your dreams at a price that doesn’t give you nightmares. In fact, 98% of recent buyers state that their real estate agent proved to be a helpful source of information during their real estate process. But with over 2 million licensees currently practicing in the United States, choosing a real estate agent can be a daunting task. To help make your decision easier, here are three tips for choosing a real estate agent:
- Do Your Homework An informed buyer is the smartest kind. That being said, it’s important to know exactly what you want. Do some online research and see what’s out there. Having a knowledge of the local real estate market will make finding a good real estate agent a much easier process.
- Phone a Friend Before choosing a real estate agent, it is always recommended that you speak to previous buyers about their experiences with the agent. If you have friends who have recently moved, speak to them about local real estate agents, and ask them about their experiences. Last year, approximately 40% of home buyers sought out their real estate agent through either a family member or friend.
- Certifications are a Plus Depending on who you are and what you are looking for, certain local real estate agents may have more to offer than others. Aside from the standard, mandatory real estate license, many real estate agents continue their realty education by taking additional classes and receiving extra certifications. For example, Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES) are certified to help those over the age of 50 buy and sell homes, and Certified Residential Specialists (CRS) are certifiably knowledgeable in residential real estate.