[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A successful partnership with your real estate agent is key to the home buying process. It’s important to find one who’s a good fit for you. Here are some things to look for:

Satisfied Clients
Search the web for references from past clients. You may also ask your agent for a reference list. One of the best ways to learn about an agent’s performance is through past clients. You’ll want to find out if they were pleased with the work, if the agent was easy to get in touch with, and if the agent kept them well informed throughout the process. Satisfied clients will give positive referrals.

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Real Estate Experience and Market Knowledge
You want someone with experience and knowledge in your corner. The agent you choose should be knowledgeable about the town or area you are interested in as well as the price range of the market you’ve targeted. The more deals they have closed, the better they can strategize and problem solve if issues arise. Also, seasoned agents tend to have connections with other agents and industry professionals in the area. These good working relationships often translate to successful transactions.

Tech Savvy
Make sure your agent is active online. Like many industries, the real estate world has gone digital. Over 90% of consumers rely on the web as their primary source for real estate information. You’ll want an agent who can use technology to their (and your) advantage. For example, agents who use mobile technology can identify and share new listings with you more quickly.

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Professional (and Personal) Traits
Interviewing an agent and meeting them face to face is a great way to get a feel for their personality and communication style. Look for someone who is straightforward, assertive, creative, optimistic, busy and hard-working (but not overwhelmed). Ultimately, you want to hire someone who you like and trust.

 

Finding Your Match
You will undoubtedly spend a lot of time working with your real estate agent throughout the home buying process. Taking the time to find the “right” real estate agent is well worth the effort. These tips along with your intuition will help you find your perfect match.

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