As interest rates decrease, more and more people are looking to buy a home in today’s market. It’s important to note that although it might seem like the timing is right, that’s not all it takes to get you into the home of your dreams. Since many people are used to being behind a screen, even now more than usual, that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t focus some effort on finding a real estate agent when you’re ready to buy a home. Whether you’re just starting your search, or have already found some homes to add to the top of your list, a real estate agent just might do more for your search than you could’ve ever imagined.

What Matters to You

When you’re looking for an agent it’s important to think about what is most important to you. You want to choose someone that communicates with you well but also has enough time for you and your needs. You may want to work with someone that only has a few clients at a small company, while someone else may like someone who works at a larger company due to the benefits their relationships can provide.

Talk to Friends and Family

Another good way to find the best agent for you is to talk with your friends and family. You probably know someone in your circle that is a real estate agent or that has recently purchased a home from one. You’re going to get a more honest opinion from someone you know, and that referral can be mutually beneficial to everyone involved.

Think Outside the Box

Talking to friends and family can be a great way to get honest opinions, but speaking to neighbors in the area where you’re looking to buy can also yield promising results. You’ll get a good idea for your potential new neighborhood as well as get real consumer feedback while in the process.

Take a Deeper Look

Once you’ve gathered as much information as possible both on the ground and online, it’s a good idea to do some background research on your short list of candidates. Take a good look into agents’ credentials and make sure they are licensed in your state. You may also want to look into the Better Business Bureau for other information to help make an informed decision on who would be the best agent for you.

The Final Step

The last thing you will want to do is interview any agents you think might be the best match for you. This is the time you’ll want to take note of how they listen, what skills are in their

wheelhouse, and consider your overall compatibility. You may also want to ask them for their own references as well.

Give Us A Call

If you are thinking about buying a home and just aren’t sure where to start your search, or maybe you’re unsure you want to move forward with an agent or not, we can help you out. Give us a call today and we can answer any questions or discuss any concerns you might have!