IdentifyChoosing a Realtor is the same as choosing any other professional in your life i.e., doctors, dentist, hair stylist, you have to make the right choice for you, because this should be a relationship that continues through all your life’s many changes.
TrustEvery relationship is founded on trust. The relationship with your Realtor is no different. You have to feel that they have your best intentions in the forefront of their mind. “Client before commission. Always.” –Ginna Lazar, Lazar Homes
Early BirdThe buying process can some times be tedious, and it can take some time to sift through your likes, dislikes and your wants, needs. So it is not a bad idea to start looking early.
Home WorkWhen you aren’t out with your agent, visiting Open Houses and searching on your own is always helpful. Always let the agent at the Open House know that you are working with someone. You start to revisit your feelings toward your wants, needs list.
NegotiationWhen an offer comes in, now the real work starts. Your agent should have strong negotiation skills and a thick skin to get you the best possible deal.
See Ya LaterEven after the close of escrow; you want to know you aren’t alone. Your Agent should be there even when you aren’t ready to buy or sell, to help guide you any way they can.