Deciding whether to buy or sell a house or commercial property is not something you do lightly. You need to do all the research necessary so you don’t end up regretting your decision. There is certainly a novelty with doing everything on your own especially if you are selling. You know how much it cost you to buy the house in the beginning and much money you spent changing and upgrading every room. However, if you plan on buying a house but cannot decide yet which house is the most suitable for you and your family, perhaps getting advice from a professional realtor might help lessen your anxiety. This can apply to residential or commercial investment property as well.
Here are five tips to finding a reputable realtor who can guide you in finding the perfect house in your local area.
Ask for Recommendations from Family, Friends, and Colleagues
You can ask your family and close friends for a list of realtors whom they trust. A satisfied customer will always give the highest recommendation. These real estate agents go above and beyond to make sure that their buyers and sellers do not get trapped in the bureaucratic process. When realtors find out that they were recommended by a happy client, they work even harder to get you the best deal on the table.
Attend Open Houses
Attending open houses is a great way to meet realtors. It’s your chance to watch them in action. See how they interact with clients, answer questions and give advice. Open houses also say a lot about the taste of the realtors and how effective they are at understanding the needs of their clients. Collect their business cards and take notes of what they’re saying. Are they informative? Do they offer discounts or promotions? When you go home, you can compare how different realtors performed that day.
Check Listings and Advertisements
Many real estate agents put out advertisements in local newspapers, magazines, and online marketplace. You can check out their current listings and scope out how much they are selling. Make sure to get their contact information so you can ask further details as advertisements are usually short. You should also verify their credentials either by contacting the company they work for directly or asking for their real estate license.
Attend Home Buying, Selling and Investment Seminars
Some local neighborhood hosts buying or selling seminars to inform people the ins and outs of the real estate business. This is helpful for first-time buyers or sellers. You can meet a lot of people who are also interested in the same thing. Who knows, the perfect house that you’ve been looking for has just been listed by the person sitting next to you. One thing to be cautious about is attending seminars that are sponsored by giant real estate corporations. These seminars can be biased and in the end, you might find yourself brainwashed and signing contracts without doing research on them.
Consult with the Local Bank
You might find it hard to believe but you can find a reputable realtor by asking your own bank. Banks transact with real estate companies all the time in dealings related to mortgage, and their officers usually have a list of their go-to realtors. So, the next time you intend to buy or sell property, just take it to the bank.
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