Choosing a Real Estate Agent

To look at homes, you'll need the help of a real estate professional. You can begin by asking for referrals from friends or family members. Once you find a real estate professional, you'll want to discuss your preferences for a home, such as city or town, style of house, number of bedrooms, and more. Your real estate professional will help you narrow your search.

All real estate agents are required to:

  • Exercise reasonable skill and care in performing their duties

  • Deal with clients honestly and fairly

  • Disclose all facts which are known to the agent that affect the value or desirability of the property

A good real estate agent can:

  • Help you define and clarify your needs

  • Facilitate the negotiation process of offers and counteroffers

  • Facilitate the financial and legal aspects of the closing

Evaluating Real Estate Agencies

When deciding which real estate agency you want to work for you, you should ask yourself a series of questions and compare the results from each agency.

Some issues to consider include:

  • Does the agent ask you questions about what you want and need in a home?

  • Does the agent seem to be a good listener?

  • How long has the agency been in business?

  • Does it feel like the agent has respect for you and your preferences?

  • Is the agent knowledgeable about various neighborhoods?

  • Does the agent know about property taxes, schools, square footage, etc.?

  • Does the agent get back to you with answers to questions that they did not know?

  • Does the agent return your phone calls promptly?

  • Do you like the agent? Do you feel comfortable with him/her?

  • Does the agent help you identify the weaknesses and strengths of the house?

By analyzing your choices of agencies, you will have a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each, allowing you to make an informed decision.