No matter where you live, there are always plenty of real estate agents to choose from. So how do you know who will best represent you in your buying and/or selling transaction? We’ve put together a list of five things to look for when you’re doing your initial search.
1. Understanding of technology.
Today’s home transactions happen in real time. With so many people starting their home search with the Internet, can your Realtor get you up and in the big real estate sites immediately? If your dream home pops up online, will they notify you (or help you set up text or email notifications) so you’re one of the first to see it? Ask your Realtor what technology they plan to use to buy/sell your home and visit their website to get a feel for its most recent update.
2. Knowledge of the area.
Picking a real estate agent out of thin air won’t do you much good if they don’t know the area you’re interested in. Neighborhoods that look good on paper may be notorious for flooding or high homeowner’s insurance rates. An agent who lives and works in the area can tell you if the school district is good, or if you can do “school of choice” to attend another. They can point out that you probably need to buy a four-wheel drive as soon as you move if you plan to buy in that neighborhood on the hill because it tends to snow in late October. There are lots of little things that only a local will know that will help get you the right house for you.
If a real estate agent doesn’t return your calls or emails in a timely manner, find someone else. There are plenty of professionals who will make you a priority! Start your search by reading online reviews or client testimonials. Look for someone with an assistant, as they often know almost as much about what’s going on as the agent in terms of your home-buying or selling process.
Real estate agents who have information regarding mortgage companies, appraisers or contractors can have an advantage in getting you timely and affordable help.
A good Realtor knows more than just what houses are on the market. Some can help you with staging, explain the benefits and pitfalls of short sales, tell you the history of local architecture or even advise you about questionable conditions (e.g., loud plumbing, a leaky roof or drafty windows) in a home at first glance.
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell in Evergreen, we hope you’ll allow RE/MAX Alliance of Evergreen to be your Realtor! We know the area better than anyone and work closely with Home Mortgage Alliance to get you the best mortgage rates. Call us today 303-674-9770 or visit us online at http://evergreen.homesincolorado.com/.