Category: Home Buying Posted By: Alison Hamlet

At The Hamlet Terry Team, we want to make sure you choose the right real estate agent to represent you in your home buying or home selling process. The ideal agent is not always the one with the most sales under his or her belt, or the most years on the job. The ideal agent is one who listens to you, is easy to get along with, and has the tools and skills to address your unique situation.

Every home buyer is different. Some have credit issues. Some are buying from out of state. Some need help selling their current home in addition to buying a new one. Just as buyers have different needs, real estate agents have different skills and specialties.

We would like to offer the following tips to help find the agent who's right for you:

1. Ask friends and family for agent referrals. Nobody knows you as well as your friends and family do. So they're often in the best position to recommend an agent who is well-suited for your needs. You can also trust a referral from friends or family more than one that comes from a stranger.

2. Talk to multiple agents. I once saw a statistic that 84% of home buyers choose the first real estate agent they contact. This means one of two things. Either most people are choosing wisely the first time, or they're just rushing into things without shopping around. Probably a little of both. You don't have to exhaust yourself interviewing agent after agent, but at least talk with two or three to see who you're most comfortable with (which leads to the next point).

3. Expertise. Professional expertise is important when choosing a real estate agent. But interpersonal skills are equally important. After all, you'll be working with this person anywhere from 2 to 12 months, so it helps to get along with them. We all have unique personalities, and that's the way it should be. But when working with someone professionally, if helps if their personality fits well with your own.

4. Read paperwork carefully. This advice is heavily used for a reason. It's critical that you examine all documents during the home buying process, and that includes your agent agreement. At some point during the relationship, your agent will probably ask you to sign an agent agreement. Basically, it just means that if the agent shows you a particular property, your purchase of the property should be credited to that agent. In most cases it's a simple, standard documents– just be sure to read it carefully and ask questions.

5. Check online reviews and comments Talk with recent clients. Ask agents to provide a list of what they've listed and sold in the past year, with contact information.

6. Look up the licensing States will have boards that license and discipline real estate agents in those states, says Phipps. Check with your state's regulatory body to find out if the person is licensed and if there have been any disciplinary actions or complaints, or check to see if the information is posted online.

Why select the Hamlet Terry Team as your real estate agent? Because We Are Better Together Our Team is uniquely positioned to help you win in real estate. Whether your main priority is to find the house that is just perfect or to get a great deal, we have you covered. If your number one goal is a net gain or to hit a cash on cash return on your investment, we speak your language. When selling your home, whether you want to be represented by only the best or sell it quickly at a great price or BOTH, we can deliver. We study the market daily and we are laser focused on your success. We combine strategy, negotiations and marketplace knowledge with exceptional customer service for an unbelievable synergistic effect. Our focus is on high-end luxury homes with distinction in the best areas of the city. We treat all of our transactions as if they were our very own, becoming personally and vitally connected to your goals.

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