Buying a new house is exciting and fun. It’s also overwhelming at times. A good buyer’s agent can help you through some of the most difficult points along the way and make the process easier on you. If you are moving to a new city or looking in a particularly desirable neighborhood, a buyer’s agent is especially helpful. They can find you properties that you might not find on your own.
Your buyer’s agent will work for you, not the seller of the property. In this way, she will negotiate on your behalf and put your interests first in your transaction. This means you can confidently tell your agent what you’re looking for and what you’re willing to spend in order to get it.
There are a few important factors to consider when you search for a buyer’s agent.
Fit. Look for someone who listens to you and understands your housing needs. Even if your agent comes recommended by a friend or co-worker, look for someone who has worked with clients just like you in the past.
Communication Style. Your buyer’s agent should communicate with you fairly often throughout the home buying process. There are many ways to communicate; look for someone whose communication style matches your own. If you prefer to call someone on the telephone, your agent should be willing to pick up. If you prefer to email, look for someone who checks her email a few times a day.
Location. Your buyer’s agent should be familiar with your desired area. He might be local to the area or she might have searched there with other clients in the past. If your buyer’s agent is familiar with your search area, she should be able to recommend local restaurants, hair stylists, doctors, and other professionals that you might need when you relocate.
Network. Your buyer's agent should have a strong network. She should talk to other agents and clients in the area to stay on top of market trends. This allows her to find out about new listings before they even hit the market and get you in to see them first if you're interested.
Experience. Look for a buyer’s agent who has some experience at the closing table. Banks, agents, and even lawyers make missteps, especially if they handle a lot of transactions at once like most do these days. The more transactions your agent has seen, the more likely he or she can handle any peculiarities in your transaction as well. Your agent’s experience will help make your home buying experience easier.