Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Agent - Real Estate News
June 15, 2015 Real Estate NewsBuying a new house is a great adventure for many families. Whether it is their first house or their third, 98% of buyers view their real estate agents as useful sources of information when looking for a new home. Narrowing down on a good real estate agent is not always easy, with 2 million active real estate licensees in the United States, according to The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). Here are some tips to choosing a real estate agent that will work to find the perfect home for your family. Many local real estate agents advertise through word-of-mouth, so it is a good idea to begin your search by asking friends and family for references and recommendations. Family and friend referrals account for an estimated 40% of home buyer-real estate agent partnerships. Of course, it is important to continue to look into the real estate agent’s work ethic and experience, and not hire just because a family member recommended them. When looking for good local real estate agents, it is important to start your search with a list of questions to ask real estate agents. You will want to know what their availability is for you to contact them, how long they have been a real estate agent, and how much they know about the neighborhoods in which you will be shopping. Communication and local knowledge are the two most important aspects of any real estate agent-home buyer relationship. Once you have hired a real estate agent, he or she will be able to help you buy the best house for your family. Whether you need to know how to determine a good rental property, choose the best residence for your family, or simply pick a school district, local real estate agents will make the decision an easy one, and advocate for you during every step of the process.