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What's the best way to find a buyer's agent in my area (Howell, Mi)?

New to the area and I am sure I will be solicited by agents on this site (which is fine) but how to I know who to chose if I don't know anyone in the area?
  • July 10 2009 - Howell
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Your best bet is to find a real estate agent that can read

And has a calendar

And doesn't live in the past

And pays attention to detail
  • October 29 2010
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Agents: Are you able to read dates????

This thread is way over a year old, good grief!
  • October 29 2010
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You can always interview several agents and see which one you mesh with best.  The internet is also always a great resource.
  • October 29 2010
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All of the comments below are great ways to find a realtor. Talk to the lender who completed your pre-approval. He/she will know the good realtors and be able to point you in their direction. Even with this knowledge, you should interview the realtors to see who is a good match for you.

Mark
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  • October 29 2010
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Speak with several agents until you find someone that:
Answers questions in straight forward terms
Listens to what you are looking for without guiding you to properties you arent' interested in. 

Good Luck!
  • October 26 2010
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Always ask around to the business people you know for a referral. Then interview each possible canidate. And make a list of questions you have before you sit down with them.

  • October 26 2010
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You should also ask for references and past sales. Local contacts also work well.
  • October 26 2010
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Think of this as a job interview. Ask several agents to come and apply for the job and ask what they have to offer you.
  • October 26 2010
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Talk with your local banker or anyone you know in the community. Word of mouth is the best way to find a good agent.
  • October 26 2010
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A great resource when going about this process is the work place.  If you are new to the area I would start by talking to people you work with. One other great resource is from friends in the community.
  • October 26 2010
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You should interview a few agents before going out to see homes. If you have an agent that doesn't have time for you the experience will be unpleasant. There are a lot of professional agents that will represent you well and provide the knowledge and expertise you need.
  • October 19 2010
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Finding a buyer's agent shouldn't be based on their title, 3 letter designation or any other certification.  Do what you would do when looking for schools, contractors or any other potential business venture.

Write down questions and begin making calls.  Zilllow clearly has some excellent buyer's agents as I have brokered many transactions with folks on this site.  If they thoroughly answer your questions and you feel comfortable, give them a try.  Always remember you should not have to pay anything for a consultation.  Consultations should be free.

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  • October 18 2010
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The best way to find a buyer's agent is to contact the National Association of Exclusive Buyer's Agents(NAEBA). Any licensed broker can and will call himself/herself a buyer's agent if there is money to be made.You should hire someone who does buyer agency exclusively. A  conventional agent can be on both sides of the fence and their buyer agency can morph into designated agency or dual agency. An exclusive buyer's agent has nothing to sell but is dedicated to helping you buy the right house.There is a world of difference between buying the right house and being sold something someone else wants to get rid of!
  • July 11 2009
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I would recommend looking for a Realtor with the ABR designation.  That stands for Accredited Buyers Representative and means additional education has been taken. 
  • July 11 2009
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You may want to read David Chamberlain's blog on the subject. Good luck.
  • July 11 2009
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Either by referral or a friend and then meet the agent.  Someone who is advertising in your area consistently is usually familiar with your area and is also worth looking at.  Calling agencys from homes in the area you like.

The bottom line you want someone you feel comfortable with but knows the area.  Years of experience in real estate mean nothing if they don't know the area and understand what you want in a home.
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That's a very good question.  All too often consumers end up represented by someone they met accidentally on one of their biggest financial transactions of their life.

I'd suggest thinking of the process like you would if you were selling your house.  Why not set up appointments and interview them?? 
Some suggested questions:
* examples of successful negotiations on behalf of buyers
* testimonials (and call them yourself)
* report of closed sales in the past year where they represented the buyer

Also, you can check with your local Board of Realtors as well as your State's licensing agency to see if there are any complaints filed against the agent.

I know it sounds like a lot of work, but a good buyers agent can save you money on negotaitions, and most importantly protect you in what can be a financially and legally complex transaction.
  • July 10 2009
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