In the post below, Joetta Fort gives some good tips to a buyer on how to find a great buyers agent. My other recommendation to buyers looking to find a buyers agent in their area, would be to contact the National Assocation of Exclusive Buyer Agents (NAEBA). NAEBA can provide referrals to member agents who are experts in the field of buyer representation.
Massachusetts buyers can contact the Massachusetts Assocation of Buyer Agents (MABA) for referrals to buyer agents throughout the state.
If you are looking for an experienced buyer agent in Canton MA or a surrounding community, give me a call at 781-799-8313 and find out how you can get exclusive buyer agency representation and legal representation at no cost to you.
Joetta Fort, Realtor 720-353-8031
Helping You Buy and Sell Homes Between Denver and Boulder
Saw this question on Trulia today:
I'm struggling finding a reputable agent who works quickly and is responsive in my area. I'm looking to buy ASAP and am having a hard time. I'm looking for someone with expertise in the Hale, South Park Hill, and North Park Hill areas of Denver, CO. Can someone please refer someone who is reputable and responsive?
Here's how I answered:
Hi Kelly, I say 'Google' agents you're considering. If they have a blog you can read up on them and learn about their work style and the way they think. If you can also find the comments they leave on other posts, you can REALLY find out who they are!
Good luck! Personally, I don't work all over the place, I specialize because I believe that's the way to give people the best service. I hope you find an agent you LOVE who specializes in your area! Check out their profiles here on Trulia, see if they're on Zillow, Facebook - ask them for a list of the homes where they've represented the buyer and see if they really do work in the area you're looking in.
Ask them how many listings and how many buyers they're currently working with. Some agents never turn down a client, even if they have too many to give good service to all of them. Who do you think will get the majority of their attention?
Ask them if they're full time. I don't have anything against agents who've had to take a 'real' job in these trying times, but you need to know if their schedule will fit with yours.
A lot of the other answers were quite predictable, even though agents aren't supposed to promote themselves on Trulia. And of course there were those who advised Kelly to call them for a referral, I suppose so they could get a referral fee. But one agent (Julie Reddington) made a suggestion I'd like to add to my advice:
Send a few emails out and see who response you like and are quick.
This is a hard choice for people who don't know a great agent, or have a friend who knows one. Any other suggestions come to mind?
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I write posts on real estate issues and local events in the Denver metro area, especially those *communities between Denver and Boulder, as a public service. My hope is to give people an idea of the 'flavor' of our community, in case they're new or moving to the Denver area.
I am a residential real estate agent, happily helping folks buy a house or sell a house in the beautiful and friendly *suburbs northwest of Denver.
*Arvada, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, Westminster; also Thornton, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Northglen, Lakewood
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