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How to Choose the Best Real Estate Agent

Aug 17, 2007
One of the best lessons you can learn in life is to ask for help. This applies to all stages in life and applies even more to business. Whether you are a first-time house buyer or if you are jumping into the exciting world of real estate investing, using the experts in the field can be a huge boost. One of these experts is a real estate agent. What they can do for you is to essentially make the investing process quick and hassle-free. Be aware that when you go out to choose the best agent for you, it is not the agent who charges the most who will be the best fit for you, but rather one who you feel most comfortable with; who you trust more than the others and who you feel will be the most ethical in dealing with your money. Also, make sure that the agent you pick is knowledgeable about the type of investing you are choosing to do. If the agent is an expert in commercial properties, he or she might not be the right person to choose if you are investing in a residential area. Also, it is important to make sure the agent you choose knows the area you are looking at, as well. Real estate trends can vary greatly based on the location, and it is wise to make sure your agent knows that area like the back of his hand. Once you have the list of potential agents that you want to hire, it is common to schedule a time to speak to all of them and talk about what you are looking for. This will serve as a great get-to-know-you. You should be able to tell based on the answers to the questions you ask which agent will be the best fit for you and your needs.

One way to help weed out potentially bad real estate agents from the good ones is to talk to friends and neighbors who have recently gone through a similar process. Most real estate agents live and die by word of mouth and you can usually find out who works and who doesnt by simply asking others about their experiences. The more happy customers, the more likely you will be the next one, and vice versa.

Another valuable tool out there to help potential buyers is the Internet. You can gather large amounts of information on many different agents in your area in a short amount of time, but remember to take everything you see on the web with a grain or ten of salt. A real estate agents website is only there to help make them look good. Dont take what they say on their sites as gospel. Using open houses can be another good way to meet agents that might work for you. Remember to get their cards and take a few notes on the back about your experience with them to help you remember later.

Finally, start tracking the real estate signs you see on the lawns in your area. Write down when they first appear and then note when they are removed. This can provide valuable insight into which agency moves fast and which ones dont. The more information you have, the better the decision you will make will be.
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