Buying a home is a major decision, so it’s important to take your time and research your options thoroughly. Having a strong, experienced real estate agent handling your transaction is so important. Real estate purchases can be frustrating and complex without a qualified agent on your side.
What Your Agent Should Do for You
An experienced agent should know the market and advise you on it appropriately. Your realtor can prepare your property for sale, advertise your listing, and get it sold for top dollar. Your real estate agent should educate and inform you throughout the process so that you can make smart decisions for yourself. An agent should not make decisions for you, but they should make recommendations about your transaction such as when adding an outside person to the team (like a lawyer, inspector, etc.) is a smart choice.
An agent has access to a variety of different search tools so they can find you the perfect house, even if you’re moving in from another city or state. The benefit of having an agent search for you is that you can just look at the homes best suited to your needs and specifications, saving you time and money.
During a home search, your agent will take into consideration such factors as size, features/amenities, location, style, accessibility to schools and quality of the districts, transportation, shopping, and so forth. Most importantly, your real estate professional should watch out for your best interests and negotiate an agreement that satisfies all parties.
Your Real Estate Team
When you partner with a real estate agent, you are also getting access to a whole team of professionals who are there to support you, including lenders, title companies, home inspectors, appraisers, and more. This saves you from the time and stress of having to go find them yourself.
One of the best things about buyer’s representation is that your agent’s services are paid for by the seller (in most cases). So even though your real estate agent is representing you and your interests, you typically aren’t the one footing the bill.
How Do I Find a Qualified Real Estate Agent?
Referrals from friends and family are a great way to find a real estate agent you can trust. Ask if the agent is trustworthy, assertive, and if they made the transaction as painless as possible. Find out if the agent did everything they said they were going to do, and if they did it well.
Don’t be afraid to interview more than one agent – especially if you aren’t 100% comfortable. Ask a lot of questions and find out things like how long they have been in the business, how many homes have they sold in the area, what is their specific marketing plan, etc.
The goal of a good agent is to make you the most amount of money in the least amount of time, with as little hassle and stress as possible.
Real estate transactions can be complex and frustrating, but the right agent can make it a little less stressful. Always ask your agent any questions that come to mind. A good agent wants you to be confident and well informed about your decisions, so that you can work together and get the most out of your transaction.
The Panozzo Team
Being a quality realtor is a lot more than just finding homes for sale on the local MLS. Specializing in Scottsdale residential real estate for over 15 years, The Panozzo Team is dedicated to educating our clients on the process of buying and selling real estate. The Panozzo Team takes the stress out of buying and selling a home. We want to be your Scottsdale realtor for life. Contact The Panozzo Team today.