Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you and your family will make in life.  So it goes without saying, the Realtor you choose to help with such an important decision needs to be someone you can trust.  Though how do you determine this?  Below are some guidelines to help you choose a Realtor with confidence.

Check Out Their Credentials

First and foremost, check out your Realtor's credentials.  Most professional Realtors have websites which make it easy for you to get information on the their background, experience, areas of coverage, and even specific listings. Do your research and pick out a couple you are interested in speaking to further

Make Contact and Ask Questions

This part is like interviewing.  You have already checked out your Realtor's resume online and now it's time to call them.   You want to ask more questions on their experience and how they can help you find your dream home.  Come up with a list of questions you have beforehand as if to not miss certain things that are important to you in the process.  Do this for each Realtor and take notes if necessary. 

Relay Your Needs Clearly

This is another good situation for you to take notes.  Before making the calls, make a list of what is important for you in the purchase of your new home.  Are certain neighborhoods or schools at the top of your list?  Or is a big backyard something you just can't live without? 

It's important to prioritize your list in a way so there are certain features you wish you can get, though you can live without as long as you have something else.  Keep in mind, it may be nice to have the beautiful home on an oversized lot, in the best school district that is only 5 minutes away from your work, though many times this is not a reality.  There is usually some give and take.  So, figure out what are your must-haves and what you can do without.  Also consider the possibility of renovations.  A certain home you are interested in could be missing something you are able to alter in the future.

Is Your Realtor Really Listening?

This is where trust really starts to come into the picture.  You have chosen a Realtor with a background you are impressed with.  You spoken with him or her at length regarding your needs.  Now the question to ask yourself is, "Does this Realtor truly understand what I'm looking for in the purchase of my new home?"  The answer to this will determine how effective they will be in providing you quality listings based on your own personal needs.

Finding a trustworthy Realtor does not have to be stressful.  Do your research, interview and express your needs clearly. Then, make sure you feel comfortable with this person.  After all, in this highly important decision, you want your comfort level of this Realtor to be second to none as you do with the decision to purchase your new home.

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Listing information last updated on May 29th, 2024 at 11:01am PDT.