First, don’t be fooled into thinking that just because you see a certain agent’s face pop up every single time you search for a home online that the agent is the best agent for you. These agents simply pay a lot of money to companies like Zillow and Trulia to advertise online, making it appear to consumers that they are the top agents in the area you are searching in.
Be sure your agent is a great negotiator. Most of the work your agent does should go beyond showing you homes. Be sure to ask questions about their process, to ensure you’re working with someone that has experience with contracts and negotiations.
Read reviews, you can find them on facebook, zillow, websites, google etc.
Ask what type of properties the agent typically sells. You don’t want an agent that doesn’t hasn’t dealt with your type of property.
Be leery of using a relative just because they are a relative. You need an agent who is familiar with the neighborhoods you’re looking at, not a relative that lives 4 hours away. Use caution and have the conversation with them ahead of time to be sure no one is harboring any resentment.
Try to work with an agent that sells properties in your price range. If you’re looking for a $150,000.00-$300,000.00 home, it’s unlikely that an agent that usually works in luxury real estate will give you the time and attention you require and deserve.
Make sure you have an agent that will communicate with you, follow-up with attorneys, home inspectors, lenders, etc. and stay on top of everything! It’s hard to know who will do this and who will not. Focus on reputation and reviews!
A fantastic Real Estate Agent does a lot more than show houses. You need a professional who will always have your best interests in mind and an individual who will go to bat for you when needed.