Whether you are a buyer or a seller in the housing market today, it is always a good idea to select a New Windsor real estate agent to help you achieve your goals. There are many things to consider when choosing an agent, so how do you find the right one for the job? Here are a few things to consider before you hire an agent.
1. DO ask family and friends that you trust for their recommendations. But consider the following: Have they used an agent recently? Were they in the same price range? What did they like and dislike about the agent?
2. DON’T hire family or friends. The real estate market can be tricky, and if something does go wrong, a personal relationship can change. By hiring your brother-in-law, it can create tension if you feel you are not getting good service which, in the end, may cost you money if your home doesn’t sell or you didn’t get the home you wanted. Take a step back and consider that it is much easier to hire someone who you are not close to.
3. DO your research. Look on the internet and see if your New Windsor real estate agent has an online presence. In this day of social media, you want to make sure that your agent is using every possible method to create a high profile for the home you are selling.
4. DON’T select an agent that is representing both the buyer and the seller. You want your agent to be on your side, negotiating for you to get the best possible price.
5. DO interview the agent and don’t be shy in asking what they can do for you such as providing you with the best options, negotiating and marketing plans for your home. Do they have a staff? Are they full-time?
6. DON’T stick with an New Windsor real estate agent if it is not working out with you. Follow through with your contract and then be respectful and part ways. Some times, relationships between an agent and client don’t always work out.
7. DO on the other hand, work with your agent and form a healthy business relationship. Professional real estate agents are there for their client. Follow through on your paperwork and appointments and have your home ready and available should a sudden buyer want to see your home. The same goes if you are a buyer. Be ready to see a home at a moment’s notice in case your agent feels the home will sell fast.
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