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Gettin' Real: A Real Estate Blog

Many people say they don't really feel like an adult until they buy their first home. It is a huge step. Rather than letting a landlord make all important repairs, you take on this responsibility yourself. You also get to build equity in the home over time, which can be a rather smart investment. At the same time, buying your first home can be a little intimidating. You may have questions about applying for a mortgage, setting a budget, and shopping efficiently. We hope to answer those questions with our helpful content. Your real estate agent is a good source of information, and so is this blog.


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Working With A Realtor? 3 Signs You Are In Good Hands

The real estate agent you select will be charged with the important task of helping you to find a great buyer for your home, or to search out your next ideal property. Although many people have pause about who to work with, you can rest assured that you are talking to someone great if you see these three signs. 

1. They Seem To Know Everyone

Great real estate agents are successful, and have likely been doing their job for a long enough time to know other agents in the area. If you notice that they seem to have a personal relationship and rapport with agents representing other homes, it could help you to make the deal move along a little easier. For instance, they may know how to talk with that agent about pricing or agree upon better terms, which could create an ideal experience for you.  

2. They Listen Intently

Whether you have a list of things you need out of a new home or you are concerned about a property you see, your realtor should listen intently and work hard to make things better. Pay attention to how they respond as you chat about what you want and need, and keep shopping for someone new if you can tell it is difficult to keep their attention. Be mindful of the fact that many agents have multiple clients, but make sure you feel like a priority. 

3. They Offer Sound Advice

Whether your agent recommends one neighborhood over another or they point out great things about a home you may have overlooked, it pays to work with a real estate agent who is committed to offering great information. Pay attention to the information and details an agent offers during the sales process, and work with someone who adds value to your conversation. If you feel like your agent only mentions things that are obvious or unimportant, look for someone with a deeper understanding of the homes in your area. 

Keep in mind that when you talk with real estate agents, they may ask you to sign paperwork stating that you are exclusively working with them. Don't sign these papers until you are certain that they are the professional you feel comfortable working with, and be honest about what you need them to handle. For instance, if you have a busy schedule but you would like them to actively search for properties and take you around on Saturdays, make sure they know what you expect.