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Tips from the Pros on Working with REALTORS®

Posted: January 03, 2018 by Honor Rudd

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, working with a REALTOR® is the best way to make sure things go smoothly. Today, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage agents weigh in with some advice on working with REALTORS®. 

Tom Gale reminds us that buyers should “choose ONE agent you like that seems knowledgeable and friendly and stick with them.  Many buyers don't want to tie themselves down to one agent, but keep in mind that REALTORS don't make a dime until you find and close on your dream home… It's much easier for you to call the one agent and have them schedule all the showings for you.  In addition, when they walk through all the homes with you, they'll help you compare all the plusses and minuses of each home, so you can more easily determine which home provides the best value among them.  If none of those homes is what you want, they'll at least have a good sense of what you're looking for and can help find other homes that might meet your needs.  In short, they make the buying process much less stressful and more efficient.  And an experienced buyer's agent will also help negotiate the best deal and help you avoid any pitfalls or unwelcome surprises as you work towards closing and beyond.”

Melanie Cameron also feels buyers should work with a dedicated agent “You need a trusted advisor in your corner… GET A BUYER’S AGENT.  Find someone you trust, and that you feel confident will have your best interest at heart.” She goes on to explain that one should “get preapproved with a LOCAL lender, NOT some 1-800 or online lender…If you want to compare local lenders, that’s fine.  A good REALTOR® should have a list of 2 or 3 people they can match you with to get advice on the best loan products for your situation. Once you are preapproved, determine what price point you want to search for based on the loan payment that you are comfortable paying for, NOT what you qualify for.  You may qualify for a $300,000 home but may only be comfortable with a payment for a $250,000 home… don’t over extend yourself. Get a home inspection by a reputable inspector.  I always recommend using an inspector who is also a licensed contractor.  Again, your buyer’s agent should be able to provide you a list of reputable inspectors. And most of all… step back and enjoy the process, and have fun… You’re buying a house!  HOW EXCITING!”

Rebecca Moxey says, "I feel it is very important for a buyer to search out a buyer’s agent they will have a great rapport with, as this agent is literally helping them search for their next sanctuary. You want a real GO GETTER too… someone who truly cares and listens to the needs of their buyers. The buyer should go with a strong firm too, as that is paramount to the reputation the firm has, as well as its agents.  Meeting with the buyer’s agent and going over their wish list is important for everyone to understand the budget, etc. and the buyer needs.  In this process, it is most important to be preapproved by a lender, if not paying with cash, as everyone knows the budget for searching their home.” 

Christina Asbury suggests that one work with an agent who stays involved with their Association of REALTORS®, “and remember that there are niches in real estate like commercial, property management, land, residential, and appraisals, all of them requiring specialized education to protect consumers.” 

Neva Cardwell says one should “align yourself with a full-time REALTOR® who lives in the same community in which he or she works.” 

Christine Cronick agrees that it is important to work with a full-time REALTOR®, adding that one should “work with just one agent,” and that buyers intending to get a mortgage should get pre-approved before they start looking at homes. 

Irena Kohler says you should “compare and don’t go with the first one you see. Do your homework on an agent…to see what you can expect.” 

Ultimately, it is of the utmost importance that you find an agent you trust so that you can relax and focus on the task at hand, and let the professionals take care of the details that make it all come together. 

If you would like some help finding a REALTOR® in your area to suit your needs, call us at 910-202-2830.

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