Choosing the Best Realtor To Find Your Dream Home

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, looking to upgrade or hoping to downsize, the professional know-how of a licensed realtor may be the ticket to your dream home. All too often, buyers rely on family and friends to make realtor recommendations, but it’s worth doing some research on your own before choosing the person who will help you make this life-altering transaction.

Consider the following methods to narrow your search and choose your perfect real estate professional for your specific needs:

  • Is your heart set on a highly-desirable neighborhood or school district? If so, you’ll want someone who knows the area inside and out. Drive around you preferred locations and see which realtor signs you see most. This is an indication of who “farms” the area and likely knows the intricacies of what buyers and sellers want in the area.
  • Is it most important to you that you hit it off personality-wise with your realtor? If so, you’ll want to hit the pavement and meet a few in person. Go to open houses in your desired areas, introduce yourself to the realtors at each and take business cards of those you click with.
  • Are you looking for a tried-and-true realtor? This can mean different things to different people. Some buyers prize years of experience, while others want as realtor with a modern marketing operation. Start with an internet search of realtors in your area, and narrow your list based on your preferred qualifications.

Above all, the best realtor will be the one who takes time to answer your questions and feels like a true partner in your home search. Do your research, meet with several and be sure to ask questions in order to determine who will best suit your unique needs.

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