Choosing the right Realtor

Purchasing a home is complex and it is important to select an experienced, ethical and honest Realtor or Broker that will skillfully represent your best interests throughout the entire home buying process.  Below you will find several things to look for when choosing the top real estate agent in Austin to represent you . . .

Experience:

If you ever get your real estate license, you will learn that many Realtors learn the trade by “doing”.  This said; don’t allow a Realtor to use you as their “guinea pig”.  Every transaction is complex and an experienced Realtor should be facilitating at least 12 sales per year.  Ask each agent how many transaction they’ve closed in the past 12 months and several years.

Location:

Make certain that the Realtor of your choosing is familiar with the area of interest.  Some Realtors will be familiar with the entire area and can speak with you about each and every neighborhood.  It is essential to locate a sales professional that is knowledgeable about your targeted location.

Help you protest yourself:

One of the duties of a Realtor is to help you make well informed decisions.  A home purchase is  likely that largest item that you will ever purchase and your real estate professional should be well versed in real estate and your advisor during the process.   Does purchasing a home make financial sense?  Is your interest rate within a normal range?  Are you obtaining proper hazard insurance? A good Realtor will guide you in these areas and should be in your court during the transaction.

The Realtor or Broker used should be someone you trust.  He or she should help you evaluate homes currently on the market and provide insight and information that may be “hidden” in the details.  Also should be clear about how much you will be charged, providing the commision calculator information. Your Realtor or Broker should help you navigate through the escrow and closing process and most importantly, negotiate in your best interest—whether it is the price, terms of the contract or repair requests.

Are you in the process of looking for a Realtor or Broker?  If so, please call me directly in order to discuss how I can represent your interests to the fullest when purchasing a home.  208-869-3469 .

 

3 replies
  1. Maggie
    Maggie says:

    I think it is a awesome that a realtor will help you protect yourself as you make decisions about buying a home. That is a huge comfort to me, especially since I know absolutely nothing about real estate in the first place. To make sure that a realtor is as good as possible, though, I’d probably want to check with the BBB as well.

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  2. Burt Silver
    Burt Silver says:

    My wife and I are hoping to buy our first home this year. It is an exciting, but also daunting process. We want to find a realtor who can help us find the home that is perfect for us. Thanks for mentioning that you should choose an area who is experienced in the area we are looking to buy in. It would really help to work with somebody who is knowledgeable about the area, and who may have some connections that will help us out.

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    • Matthew Le Baron
      Matthew Le Baron says:

      Thank-you for the comment, Burt! You’re right, locating an experienced Realtor/Broker is a key component of the home buying process. I would love to have the opportunity to help you locate a home and can be reached at 208-869-3469 or matt@trustidaho.com to discuss the process further. After 14 years in the real estate profession I can assure you that you will be pleased with my services!

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