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Identifying a worthy buyer's agent

Real Estate Agent with Janet Cox and Company/RE/MAX Lifestyle

Looking for a property isn’t easy or a task that should be taken lightly. You dedicate time to define your search criteria and wish list. However, how much time do you devote to finding your buyer’s agent, the person that will help and represent you during the process?

A buyer’s agent worth their weight in gold should be with you through the entire process – from identifying your needs to viewing houses to closing and even after closing. Interviewing several buyer’s agents to find the perfect fit isn’t out of the ordinary. They should be willing to sit down and determine how they can be of service to YOU.

During the interview, determine the following:

  • Are they knowledgeable? Not only about your needs, the market, and the neighborhoods — but also the process. If you are a first-time home buyer, having an experienced agent - who can guide you - is critical.
  • Are they patient with you and your needs? As you look at properties, your needs will evolve. You want to make sure your buyer’s agent understands.
  • Are they available? Do they schedule the viewing appointments or do they Publishwant you to do that? Do they return your calls and emails as soon as possible or do you feel like you are waiting in line for responses? Sitting and waiting for an explanation or process can make you nervous during an already tense time. Having someone you can count on is important.
  • Do you feel like you can trust them and that they are honest? You are entrusting them with this very important role. You want to make sure they will be straight with you about the properties, neighborhoods, inspections, and more. Your buyer’s agent shouldn’t recommend properties with purchase prices above your comfort level. You shouldn’t feel like you are just a “commission.”
  • Have they set up a search to help you find your dream property? They can’t manually find all properties that meet your criteria but they can provide you with a search tool that lets you tweak your search criteria throughout the process.
  • Have they provided a list of lenders that can help determine the loan type and purchase amount?
    Buyer’s agents should be willing to go the extra mile to prove their value to you. Their connections and knowledge are what you need to get through the offer process, as well as dealing with lenders, attorneys, contractors, inspectors, and more.
  • And are they willing to lose the deal to protect YOU, the buyer? If you feel that level of protection with them, you have picked a good person who will have your back during this journey.
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I hope you find the information I have provided about buying a new home or selling your home in the Lincolnton NC area helpful. I have extensive knowledge of the Lincolnton NC, Gastonia NC, Denver NC, Iron Station NC, Stanley NC, Vale NC and Maiden NC areas. I live in Lincoln County North Carolina and also work in the surrounding counties of Catawba County North Carolina and Gaston County North Carolina.  Buying or Selling your home isn't an overwhelming experience, when you work with an experienced Realtor!



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