There are many things to consider when purchasing a home – choosing a buyer’s agent to work with is one of the most crucial. Let’s review 4 key factors to consider when choosing a buyer’s agent to buy a home.
More specifically what are talking about here is hyper-local. Does the agent know the area specifically where you are looking? Are they familiar with the schools, grocery stores, general neighborhoods, etc. Are they able to advise you on what sub areas are more likely to fit your wants and needs?
While there are a lot of agents out there to choose from, you’ll find that only a handful have successfully completed more than one or two transactions in the last year. As anyone who lives in the Denver Metro area knows, the market has changed drastically over the last few years. Currently, Denver is one of the hottest markets in the nation. A good question to ask any agent you may work with is how many homes have they sold in the last 12 months?
Current experience is the key. Another good question to ask is… Has the agent successfully negotiated the purchase of a home that received multiple offers? As again, this has become increasingly common in the Denver Metro area.
One of the most common complaints in the industry in agents not being available to their clients when they are needed. Most of the time that you will be available to see homes will be on the weekends and in the evenings. You need an agent that is also available at that time. But not just that… you also, need an agent that answers the phone and is there when you need them! I assure you it can be incredibly frustrating to work with someone that is not responsive to your needs.
In this market, homes are selling fast, and as previously mentioned, multiple offers have become increasingly common. You should not, and cannot, risk losing a home due to your agent not being available or not returning a call.
It’s true that many people start their home search online these days. But it is incredibly rare for anyone to purchase the first home they see in person. More than likely you are going to spend a lot of time looking at homes in person with your agent. It is essential that you get along and enjoy the time you spend together! So, while choosing a buyer’s agent to help you purchase a home, you want to pick an agent that you look forward to seeing and one that you can spend weeks, maybe months working with. Shopping for homes should be fun.