Choosing a Buyers Agent. Many Buyers today are out looking for their new home on their own. Technology has made it easy for Buyers to see what is available for sale, and 70% of Buyers are on the Internet looking for a new home before they have contacted an agent to represent them.
That is a mistake. Choosing a Buyers agent should be top priority before you start your search. Today I find most Buyers, especially First Time Home Buyers are "adopted" by agents at Open Houses.
Choosing a Buyers Agent you are comfortable with and trust, in my opinion, is very important.Your agent should have a good knowledge of the area you wish to move to. The person you choose to work with on such an important decision should be someone you have interviewed, Someone you like , and trust- not someone who "picks you up " at an open house.
So, where would you find a Great Buyers Agent?
Ask friends and family who they have used and would recommend... Call some agents and chat with them. From the phone call you can decide if you wish to meet them in person or not.
Some great questions you could ask when Choosing a Buyers Agent are:
How long have you been in the business?, What do you enjoy about your job? Do you have past clients I can call for references? What is your average list to sales price ratio? Will you present my offer in person? What seperates you from your competition? How do you plan to find my Dream Home? What professional associations are you a member of?
A great Buyers agent will be confident and comfortable answering your questions, and rest assured , they will likely be interviewing you too. Good agents are selective about the clients they choose to work for.
Be wary of agents who dont ask questions or probe for your motivation. Once you find an agent you are comfortable with, you like them and you trust them, then it's time to get the Buyer agency paperwork signed and get the ball rolling to find your Dream Home.