How do you select the members of your team who are going to help make your dream of owning a home a reality? What should you be looking for? How do you know if you’ve found the right agent or lender?
The most important characteristic that you should be looking for in your agent is someone who is going to take the time to really educate you on the choices available to you and your ability to buy in today’s competitive market.
First of all, do your research. Ask your friends and family for recommendations of professionals they’ve worked with in the past and have had good experiences with. Additionally, you can do some online research and compare professionals based on their online reviews and testimonials.
Look for members of your team who will be honest and trustworthy; after all, you will be trusting them to help you make one of the biggest financial decisions of your life. You want someone on your team who is going to be honest about the houses you fall in love with and whether or not you’re making a wise investment decision.
You also want someone who is going to have your best interests in mind for negotiations, whether that’s negotiating the price or close date. Contract negotiations are sometimes overlooked by buyers, but you’ll want someone who makes sure that you get the garage storage unit that was promised to you at the beginning.
Look for someone to invest in your family’s future with you. You want an agent who isn’t focused on the transaction but is instead focused on helping you understand the process while helping you find your dream home.
In this world of Google searches, where it seems like all the answers are just a mouse-click away, you need an agent who is going to educate you and share the information that you need to know before you even know you need it.