Three Easy Ways to Find a Good Buyer’s Agent to Represent You
How can you find a Buyers Agent to represent you? Nabbing the first agent that you talk to may not be your best move. You need to find someone that you are comfortable with and confident in.
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1. Ask your friends, family and co-workers if they had a Buyers Agent when they bought their last home and if they would recommend them. If they did and would recommend them, take a few moments and talk to that agent. You do not need to use the first agent that you talk to, no matter how much your sister liked them. YOU need to like them.
2. Call the main office of a local real estate company. Ask to speak with the employing or managing broker. Once you are speaking with them, ask them to recommend a full-time Buyers Agent that has experience and time to help you find your next home. In many cases, the employing or managing broker will guide you to an agent that you will approve of.
3. Some Real Estate agents take specific buyer representation courses, giving them the designation of ABR- Accredited Buyer Representative, through the REBAC (Real Estate Buyers Agent Council)- a division of NAR (National Association of Realtors). Many people are big promoters of Realtor designations, like this one. I have yet to make up my mind. Designations do not necessarily make better agents, but this is a tool that you could use to find a Buyers Agent. Just visit the REBAC site and you can find a list of ABRs in your area.
(There is a great article in the Real Estate Journal that talks about finding a Buyers Agent that may also be of interest, as well.)
Once you have a few names of possible Buyers Agents, you will want to interview them. Nothing major, but you should ask them a few questions. They should never shy away from answers, nor avoid any questions. A good Buyers Agent will be completely honest – even if it means that their answers will cause you to choose a different agent.
When you DO find a Buyers Agent that you are comfortable with and confident in, you can begin your search for your next home!
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