When you're searching for the perfect place for your family to call home, having a good real estate agent on your side can make all the difference in the world. A real estate agent can listen to your wish list and use their expertise to find you properties that fit the bill. They can also help you understand the process and assist you in seeing any red flags that pop up. Unfortunately, not every real estate agent is equally competent or ethical.
To help you find the right agent for your search, we've compiled a list of questions you should ask:
- Do you represent the buyer? Some buyers may assume that the agent is their buyer's agent, but they may be representing the interests of the seller.
- How many years have you been licensed? Most home buyers want an agent who has seen a few things in the business.
- How familiar are you with this area? Even an experienced real estate agent could be a bad choice if they don't have an extensive knowledge of the area.
- Are you part time or full time? You may want an agent who has more hours to devote to your search.
- What are your fees? The real estate industry's fees can vary widely. Get these in writing before you agree to anything.
Another person who can help guide you in your purchase is a real estate attorney. An attorney can give you counsel, go over your contracts in detail and orchestrate the closing.