Thursday, January 20, 2022 / by Andrew Shinbane
When it comes to buying a home, hiring the right real estate agent from the very beginning can save you a lot of hassle and help you get the best price for your home. Below are three common mistakes homeowners make when choosing a realtor and how to avoid them.
LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LOCAL AREA
When you're looking to purchase a home you want an agent with extensive knowledge of the area. Someone who is familiar with new commercial and residential developments. Where the hottest areas are, where to stay away from, knowledge of school scores, and whats important to you.
I WILL HIRE MY FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER WHO SELLS REAL ESTATE
Real estate transactions can be quite complicated, and there are often problems. Do you want to put your relationships in jeopardy for the house sale?
A good friend will appreciate that this is a business decision and will offer their credentials and expect to compete for the listing along with other possible agents.
SOMEONE WHO ONLY SHOWS ME MLS LISTINGS
In today's market you want a buyer's agent that has more than just the MLS to show you. You need someone with a list of off-market properties, connections to builders and flippers, knowledge of what's coming to market before anyone else. This person can not only show you what's coming to market, but by doing so can limit your exposure to bidding wars.
Buying a home will be one of the biggest assets you own and when it comes to finding the right agent to help you purchase your home, look for a professional that that has local knowledge, has the experience and honesty to tell you the truth, and has access to non-mls inventory. Following this advice could land you your dream home.