Finding/Working With Your Agent
The majority of buyers find their agents through referrals from friends and family, so don’t hesitate to ask around, keeping in mind that someone with local expertise is best. Once you’ve found an agent, here are five ways to make sure you are getting the most out of working with them.
Five Tips for working with your agent
Ask lots of questions
If there is something you don’t understand or a decision you’d like more guidance on, never hesitate to ask your agent. Using Doorsteps is a great start, but even we know there will be specifics you’ll likely want more help on — and that’s what your agent is for.
Never be afraid to be honest.
If you are feeling uncomfortable about anything — from the kind of service you are receiving to what you think about a particular house — be honest. Great agents have heard it all and are always willing to listen to your concerns, no matter how silly they may seem at the time.
Harness a great network.
The best agents (including your agent!) have a killer network of people they can recommend to you — like attorneys, moving companies, painters, and more. These are people that have earned your agent’s trust over many years, so don’t hesitate to get a recommendation for whatever you may need.
Get it on your calendar.
In the next few weeks and months, there will be lots of meetings — to tour homes, of course, but also to sign documents or get inspections done. your agent is organized (and has to be!), but let’s make sure you are, too. Make sure to communicate how you’d like appointments to show up on your personal calendar (and what kind of digital system you may use) to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Ask for their opinion.
Your agent’s number one priority is helping you find the right home for you. Period. So don’t hesitate to ask for an opinion about a particular property or area. Remember, getting to truly know a city takes years, and there is real expertise available to you to be leveraged. Your agent will also offer opinions, too, of course, along the way — but that doesn’t mean you should not also ask for them when you feel unsure about a particular neighborhood or house.