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How do you choose a buying agent

  • July 06 2012 - US
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Great questions! There are many ways to find a buyer's agent: referrals from friends/family, going to open houses, reading reviews online, etc. Once you find an agent, then what do you do? How to narrow down your list? Well, what is most important to you? Getting back to you quickly, willing to work 24-7, full-time agent, experience, good negotiator, honest, loyal, etc. The most important thing is honesty, loyalty, and getting back to you quickly. There are a lot of good agents out there and bad agents. It is hard to tell the difference sometimes.

If I was to look for an agent for a friend in another state, I would look online and at reviews. I wouldn't want to pick someone with more than 10 listings. If an agent has 1-3 listings, that is good because they aren't too busy, and you know they will have time for you. Judging honesty is hard, but looking at reviews will help. I would also ask the agent for names and numbers of past clients. Hope this helps!

Rachel Tiller
Omaha Real Estate
NP Dodge
(402)403-9181
  • July 07 2012
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Run the person's name and city in Google and see what comes up. Then talk to them by phone initially to get an idea of how responsive they are to your needs. Does what they are saying make sense to you? Do you get the feeling that you can trust this person and that they are knowledgable in real estate? These are good places to start your search.
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FInd a few names of buyer's agents in your area.  Google them.  Read their websites and/or their blogs.  Call and speak with them.  

When you work with a buyer's agent, it's like being in a relationship.  You are committed to each other so it's best to find someone you feel you like, trust, can get along with and who has your best interests at heart first and foremost.  Someone you feel a connection with.  That buyer's agent will be in your corner from the first phone call through closing and, most likely, long afterwards.
Most buyer's agents are certified by Rebac thorugh the National Association of Realtors.  You can also look for a buyer''s agent in your area here. 

Good luck!



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Look for an agent with experience beyond the last  few years in the business. This is a very compex real estate and lending environment these days. Look for someone that has worked through the last real estate down turn, in the early 1990's, and has worked FULL TIME since then. You need someone  that knows the ropes around distressed properties.  Some agents will steer you away from some transactions that they are not skilled working in .. short sales, real estate owned (REO's) foreclosures etc.... Some agents have a job doing something else and only do real estate on the side. You can look up any Department of Real Estate- DRE licensee online to find out how long they've been licensed.  Then talk with the agent- see if you like them..your gut will guide you. Go with you instincts. I have many clients that are in law enforcement. They tell me " when we dont listen to that little voice inside of us is when we end up in trouble".

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Choosing a buying agent is something you should not take lightly. Purchasing a home is most likely the largest investment you will make in your life. You want to make sure you work with a true professional that cares and understands. Real Estate is a 95/5 rule, not 80/20. The top agents in your market will have extensive knowledge and experience to help you. They will also have a team surrounding them that will be a huge benefit to you in managing the transaction and providing you a high level of service. Look for an agent with a strong track record. Designations are nice but they don't tell the whole story. Ask to speak with a couple of their past clients. Also, look at their annual production. The average Realtor only sells 5-7 homes a year. Find the rockstars that are selling well above that. Also, take a look at some reputable referral sources for agents in your area. The Dave Ramsey ELP program is great for this. Hope this helps :)
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Very very carefully.

Spend some time studying what is important to you (including communication, speed of response, availability, knowledge of area and many other things) and start calling and interviewing.  There is nothing wrong with phoning 8 to 10 agents to start the conversation.  (The work upfront can pay off later).

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Make sure the agent gets back to you quickly stays in constant communication with his client at all times. And if he doesnt know the answer to something make sure he's honest about it but finds out what you need to know immediately. 

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