If you are looking for a property to buy or lease, then you need to find a realtor that’s easy to work with. In addition to being easy to work with, the realtor that you select for your property search should also have a lot of experience. You don’t want to hire an amateur, because if they underperform, it’s you that it affects. It’s particularly important to hire an expert if you have time constraints and need to find and secure a property fast.
This article will tell you how you can hire the right estate agent:
Traditional Estate Agency
The first thing that you need to do when you are looking for an estate agent to work with is to decide whether or not you are going to work with a traditional estate agency, or with one that’s exclusively online. If you intend upon working with a traditional estate agency firm, then be sure to read guides exploring local estate agency firms (so that you can see a comprehensive list of who’s active in your area). You can find information on estate agents in Bournemouth, Sheffield, and every other town and city in the United Kingdom online. If you are going to work with an online estate agency firm, then you need to make sure that you do the same thing. Research is everything.
Shortlisting Estate Agents
As you go through local estate agency firms, make sure that you add the ones that seem the most interesting to you to a list. Shortlisting estate agents will narrow down and find the perfect firm for you. Shortlisting estate agents is a relatively simple process, that doesn’t take much effort. You simply need to copy and paste the firm’s information, and then add it to a Word document. Every single firm that appeals to you or is relevant should be added to this document. You can look at the firm in a more detailed way later on.
Narrow Down Choices
Once you have compiled a list of firms that are relevant to you, you can go ahead and narrow down your choices. Narrowing down your list needs to be done with a lot of care and attention. This is the stage in the decision-making process where you will filter out all of the estate agents that aren’t relevant to your search. If you don’t do this effectively, then you could end up with a bunch of irrelevant estate agents in your final list. When you are searching for a house, the worst thing that you can do is to work with an estate agent that isn’t right for you (or your search).
The next step involves interviewing estate agents. The interview process is very important because it gives you an idea of how the estate agents that have made it to your final list operate their businesses and generally work. The best way to interview estate agents is to visit their office and speak either directly to their manager, or to the person that is responsible for property searches. Visiting an agent’s office can be a very effective way of learning about them and the way that they work. If you are received politely, and it seems that the whole office is hard at work, then it’s a good indication that they can be trusted to manage your search. If they are rude, impatient, and don’t seem to be doing much work, then you might want to avoid them.
It’s essential that you read the reviews of any agency with whom you intend upon working. The reason for this is that reviews can tell you a lot about an agent’s commitment to their clients and the way that they work. If an agent’s reviews are bad across the board, then it’s an indication that you should avoid them. With that said, remember that reviews can be published falsely in order to discredit an agent or to damage their reputation. You should always avoid reading reviews on an agent’s own website, because more often than not these testimonials are cherry-picked and filter out bad reviews.
Be Direct and Honest
When you select an agent, make sure that you are direct and honest with them. Let them know from the very beginning what you are looking for and what you expect. If you aren’t honest (or direct) with the agent that you choose, then they won’t be able to tailor their service to you. You should be very open about what sort of house you are looking for so that the agent doesn’t waste your time bringing you properties you don’t like. One of the worst things that you can do is to tell an estate agent misleading information because it will impact the way that they conduct their property search.
Estate Agents Fees
You also need to give serious thought to the agent’s fees. Usually, the fees are between 1 and 5%. Sometimes, however, they can be much more. If you aren’t extremely wealthy, then high fees are something that you will want to avoid. If you are unable to pay an agent’s fees in addition to buying your home, then you may not be able to go ahead with the purchase. You should be able to find information about an agent’s fees on their website, before interviewing or selecting them. If you can’t find it, then you can just go ahead and email or ring them.
Communication is key. If the estate with whom you are working does not communicate very well, then don’t hesitate to fire them and hire another. If an agent doesn’t communicate with you, and you have to chase them just to open up a line of dialogue, then it indicates that they aren’t professional and don’t have a commitment to delivering their clients a quality experience. If an agent communicates very poorly, it’s highly likely that their reviews will reflect this. You also need to make sure that they are available whenever you need them to be so that you can discuss your search with them.
Finding an estate agent can be very difficult, especially if you haven’t ever had to before. By following this article’s advice, you will be able to ensure that you find the one that’s perfect for you, and right for your property search.