How to Find the Right Real Estate AgentSeptember 17, 2011
It’s always to the buyer’s and seller’s advantage to work with an experienced real estate agent. Granted, you hear stories about “for sale by owner” listings or buying directly from a seller thinking that you can save a few dollars on the broker’s commission. But what you usually do NOT hear about are all the horror stories of these ‘direct transactions’ and the possible problems that come with them. You may save some money in the short term, but it’s in your best interest to work with an agent who knows what they’re doing and can help guide you through the process.
Buying or selling Boston luxury real estate involves many sensitive issues, and you are so much better off having an experienced agent help you overcome these unforeseen obstacles and avoid deals that can fall through. These speed bumps in the luxury buying/selling process tend to pop up at the most inconvenient times, but good agents are able to navigate around these obstacles and keep the process moving forward.
In my experience, it’s so helpful for buyers to work with a real estate agent to find the best financing institution options and the right attorneys. The inspection is another tricky process an agent can support buyers through. I’m here to answer questions about the inspection itself and to resolve issues or negotiate the terms of a difficult inspection. Working with the right, trustworthy agent will guarantee you won’t have to deal with hidden building problems or move into the wrong neighborhood with “untold” problems. You don’t want to find out after you have made the investment.
So, what’s the best way to find the right agent for you and your family? It’s always good to ask friends who have had positive experiences during their Boston home search. I’d also suggest reading about a particular agent’s track record online and asking around about their reputation – the Boston luxury real estate market is a relatively small community.
Typically a good agent takes the consumer to the finish line. By listening to the consumer and knowing their wish list, agents help buyers identify the right property; then guide them through inspection, financing or construction as needed. A good agent will work with their clients to familiarize them with their new neighborhood, introducing shops, transportation routes, and nearby schools. A first-rate and experienced agent has all of this information and is excited to share it with you. This is someone you want to work with.
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