I have worked with a lot of Realtors in my career as a mortgage loan officer. I've seen them all from super-competent to I wonder how they ever passed the licensing test! I'm happy to report that there are a lot of good Realtors in my area.
And please, DO engage the services of a Buyer's Agent. When you contact the Seller's Agent (listing agent) that person represents the seller and their best interest. They do not represent YOU. That is why you need a Buyer's Agent.
Here are some questions to ask to help you find a GREAT real estate agent:
- Will they compare prices in neighboring towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions?
- Will they honestly give you the pros and cons when you narrow it down to a few properties?
- Will they immediately recommend properties BEFORE you find them online yourself?
- Will they explain the purchase agreement and other documents in detail?
- Will they preview the property BEFORE showing it to you?
- Will they be on your side when negotiating with the seller?
- Will they follow up with you after the sale?
- Will they provide names and phone numbers of people they have represented?
I'm sure that you probably have other questions you'd like to ask them but these will help you start the conversation when interviewing to find a "great" real estate agent to represent you when you buy your next home. OR, you could just call me at 734.238.3MTG (684) and I'd be happy to recommend a great agent for your area!