How Do I Find a Real Estate Agent I Like? [Real Estate Insider]
Buying or selling a home is a significant milestone in your life. Sometimes it's hard to find the right realtor to work with. Even worse, you might commit to an agent that you're not comfortable with. Good news! You no longer have to work with a realtor that you're not comfortable with!
The Old Way To Tour Homes
You would call an agent in the past, and they would choose a few homes for you to tour based on your interests. Most people would find an agent based on personal recommendations or a quick google search. The agent decides which properties might work for you based on what you tell them. So, what's the problem?
Choosing an agent is an important part of the process. If you decide to go with a particular agent to show you a home, you'll likely sign a contract with that agent to show you homes until you decide to buy one. In other words, you're stuck with that agent.
The New Way To Find Agents
You can now tour homes that you like by requesting a home showing, and the agent will meet you at the door. You're no longer stuck with the same agent throughout the entire search for your new home. If you tour a home and you're not comfortable working with a particular agent, you can request another home tour and find a new one.
You're not constrained to the agent that shows you the home. With HomeTraq, you have the luxury of touring homes as many times as you'd like and continue to tour homes until you find the agent you want to work with. Once you find an agent you like, you can work with them. There is no obligation to use an agent that you don't like.
Choosing the Right Agent
Finding a buying or selling agent is more than just someone you can get along with. Of course, you don't want to pick someone you're not confident about. More than that, you should search for an agent that is the best fit for your personal situation. Here's an example:
Suppose you're looking for a home in the suburbs with a nice setup and room for a small family. An agent who sells million-dollar mansions on the other side of town probably doesn't know the suburban market well. Simply because they have a good reputation does not mean they are the right fit. Even further, you might get along great with that agent, but they're probably not the right agent for the job.
Also, an agent should be honest with you and not try to sugar coat things. If an agent is willing to lie to you to get your business, nothing stops them from tricking you into a bad deal. If you have a bad feeling about an agent, get a second and third opinion. Chances are your gut is telling you the truth.
How It Works
Log into HomeTraq and choose a home you'd like to tour. You'll get a confirmation text in an average of 3-5 minutes and get approved for a home tour from a real agent. Like Uber, you'll be made aware of the agent facilitating the tour, and you can choose whether you're willing to tour a home from that agent. You can confirm or deny that tour based on the agent giving the tour.
Once you tour the home, you have the freedom to choose whether or not to work with that agent for the remainder of your search. Otherwise, you can schedule a new tour with another agent to continue with someone else. You are in control of your own home search. Agents can offer guidance at any point, but you decide what homes you want to tour and with whom you want to tour.
Finding A Home To Tour
There are two routes to take. Once you find the right agent, you can work with an agent to find homes you'd like to tour. Otherwise, you can take matters into your own hands. You can find a home on any online platform or local MLS and apply to tour the home via HomeTraq. The buying process is still the same, no matter how you find the home.
If you need help finding a home, take a look at HomeScout. We partner with HomeScout to bring you local listings with a variety of other services. For example, using HomeScout gives you access to certain information about the neighborhood, such as nearby schools, stores, entertainment, and crime ratings. Whether you use HomeScout or not, make sure to do your homework about the different neighborhoods where you're looking at homes.
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