How to Find a Great Real Estate Agent

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on August 9, 2017

real estate agentBuying a home isn’t something you do everyday, so most people have to go through the process of finding a great real estate agent when they are ready to start looking for a home. Ideally, you need to find a lender first and get preapproved, so that you know your budget. Then you can start looking for an agent.

But how do you find one? Here’s a few easy steps that will make it simple.

  1. Narrow your home search. Now even if you haven’t been to a lender yet, you may have an idea about what part of town you want to live in, especially if you have kids. Many real estate agents specialize in one area or part of a city, so once you know where you want to be, you can find a real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of your area.
  2. Ask family and friends for referrals. And I don’t mean “My cousin just got her real estate license!” kind of referrals. Ask people who helped them buy or sell their last home, if they were happy with them, how the experience was, and any other questions you have about the process. Contact at least three agents for interviews, and ask them for referrals as well.
  3. Assess their level of experience. Ask about years of experience overall, in your particular market, and in your area. Ask previous clients about the pros and cons of working with this person. Try to figure out if they are thorough and detailed, since even routine real estate transactions are pretty complicated deals.
  4. Ask about other credentials. If an agent is a member of the National Association of Realtors, that means they are bound by a code of ethics that real estate agents don’t have to adhere to. Some agents are negotiation experts, while others hold credentials for commercial real estate transactions. All of these things may or may not be important to your search.

Call Miami Real Estate Lawyer Isaac Benmergui at 305.397.8547 and set up a no charge, no obligation consultation to discuss your case. We have over a decade of experience handling Real Estate and Civil Litigation cases throughout Miami and South Florida, and will use our expertise to help your case to the best of our abilities.

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