Whether you are looking at buying or selling a property, it is always advisable to work with a very good realtor. Many of us know people who work in real estate, but they may not be the best ones to represent your needs. Let’s take a look at two important things to ask in order to find out which realtor is best for you.
Your realtor’s experience is one of the most important things to look into. The more experience they have, the better they are likely to be. If you can, try to find a realtor who has worked all the way through the economic crisis and still works now. However, you also have to make sure that they have experience pertinent to your own needs. For example, if you are trying to become a property investor, your needs will be very different than if you are looking to downsize after retirement. The second important thing is that they understand your demographic requirements and are able to deal with those. For example, if you want to become a rancher, you need to find a realtor that is able to understand the different types of land, how it has been produced and what the homestead is like. Should you be interested in purchasing a property that is historic or listed, for instance, you will need the services of someone very different.
If you are looking at making a property purchase, you shouldn’t work with the seller’s realtor who is already involved in the sale. This is because if you reveal any information that you could use in negotiations, the realtor would be obliged by law to pass that on to the seller as well. If you hope to sell your property, you also shouldn’t work with the realtor representing the opposing side. What you need is a realtor that only works with you. Firstly, ask your friends and others whether they can refer you to a realtor. Alternatively, contact the NAR (National Association of Realtors) to find a realtor. The greatest benefit of working with a NAR agent is that you know they are both professional and ethical. Do make sure you speak to several before you decide which one to go with. Explain your needs and ask what they suggest. This will give you a general idea of just how familiar the agent is with prices and neighborhoods, for instance. If you want to sell your home, find out how the realtor has done in the past. Do they usually sell under, on or over the original asking price?
In most cases, if you want to sell your property, your agent will require you to sign an exclusivity agreement. This is a common procedure but it does not mean you lose any rights. For instance, if you are unhappy with the service, you are within your rights to terminate the contract. The contract stops you from enlisting the services of a different agent at the same time, but is otherwise non-restrictive. Buyers, on the other hand, usually do not have to sign these contracts. However, it is becoming more commonplace for a realtor to ask for exclusivity. The final thing you must look into is how your realtor earns their living. Not all realtors are created equally. In most cases, realtors will work by charging a commission on the final sale or purchase price of a property, but there are also those who charge a flat fee. Before you agree to work with a specific realtor, you have to find out which type of payment construction they opt for.