When buying a house there are countless decisions that a homebuyer has to make. Arguably the most important is choosing the right realtor. This can also be a very difficult decision for a first-time home buyer, causing many to question, “Should I even get a realtor? Can’t I do this on my own?” However, a good realtor can make or break the process of buying a home. So, here are a few tips to consider when choosing your realtor.


Research, Research, Research!

As mentioned in several previous blogs doing your own research is key to success when choosing a realtor. The Georgia Association of Realtors is a great place to look if you want to find a reputable realtor. There you will find information about the laws and ethical standards of their lawyers. You will see what kind of advocacy work your potential realtor is doing. You can find events where you can meet numerous realtors in person and they have an option of searching for realtors in the organization on their website. This resource and other information hubs like this are all at your expense and are just a type and a click away!


Another key part of researching for a realtor is asking friends, family, and neighbors. If you know someone who has bought a house within the last several years using a realtor, ask them about it! Ask them what they liked about their realtor and what they did not like. Ask them what they would change about their buying experience now that they are on the other side of owning a home. Personal advice from people that you know is indispensable when choosing a realtor to help you buy a new house.


Choose a Realtor Who Is Trustworthy

You should be able to discern whether or not a potential realtor is worthy of your trust during the research phase. Nevertheless, this point needs to be emphasized. A good realtor is one who serves the buyer and works tirelessly for his or her client’s well being. You want to choose a realtor in good conscience that she or he will do just that. All too often realtors who are working only for their bottom dollar will coerce homebuyers into signing an exclusivity agreement that prevents the buyer from using any other realtor to buy a house within the specified period of time. This can give a bad realtor license to not serve his or her client well and you may come out of the home buying process with serious financial and personal wounds. Before getting into any kind of agreement like this, know fully that you are able to trust your realtor to get the job done.

One way to verify a potential realtor is to simply search them on Google, Yelp, Zillow, and websites like these. Here you can find honest opinions about realtors and their character which will be instrumental in picking your realtor.

Personal advice from people that you know is indispensable when choosing a realtor to help you buy a new house.

Choose a Realtor Who Is Highly Qualified

You put your finances and future home into the hands of a realtor. So, you want the real estate agent that you choose to be one who is well qualified for the job. First, you must make sure that they have the proper licensing qualifications specified by the state that you are buying in. The National Association of Realtors has those requirements listed by state on their website. Not only should you look for formal qualifications, but you should also research the history of the projects they have worked on and whether or not those projects give that realtor the practical experience to buy the type of house that you desire.


Go With Your Gut

Choosing a realtor is like hiring a new employee; you know that you will have to spend a lot of time with them, so choose someone that you like. Choose a realtor that you “have a good feeling about.” If you are feeling significantly hesitant, but cannot put your finger on why, it is probably best that you continue searching for a different realtor. You know yourself better than anyone and you might be onto something when a realtor is just not sitting right with you. 

If you follow these few tips on how to choose a realtor, then your chances of landing a realtor that works well for you will shoot up. Get to know a Hughston Homes realtor today and let them make your home buying experience as simple as “1, 2, 3!”

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