Buying a house can be a daunting experience for first-timers. Even before you make any other decisions, you will need to select a realtor. Sometimes your lender will assign one, you may have a friend or family member, or a neighbor has a personal recommendation. While these are all great resources, choosing a realtor is a very personal decision. Here are a few characteristics that will help find the realtor that fits your needs. You may think you don’t need a realtor, but most of the showings you find online are just a small percentage of what is actually available. A realtor will have access to homes that you would never find on your own. 

Responsiveness

Most showings are during business hours, but if you can’t get away from work, this means evenings and weekend appointments. Does the agent answer you when you ask a questions? Do they respond to you via your preferred method of contact? Are they prompt in returning your calls or updating your MLS listings? In some housing markets, timing is everything. If you wait too long, you’ll miss the opportunity to put in an offer. 

Willingness to Educate and Explain

Home buying is a new world, and you’ll ask a lot of questions, especially if you’re not super confident in the process. Find an agent who will answer your questions patiently and promptly…and to your satisfaction. There’s nothing worse that working with someone who says “just trust me.” Purchasing a home is a big deal, and there should be no situations your realtor is unwilling to walk you through. Our realtor would help us calculate the insurance and taxes on every home (especially important on those at the higher end of our budget) before we put in an offer, to make sure there were no surprises.

Honesty and Transparency

Find someone who tells you the truth ALL of the time, even if this means being the bearer of bad news. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of home buying and getting emotionally attached to a home. You need a level headed realtor to tell you that you cannot afford a house, or that it will need significant repairs that don’t work with your move-in ready stipulations. A good realtor won’t be focused on making a sale at all costs but finding the right home for their client. 

Knowledgeable

Not only does the agent have to be knowledgeable in their local market (and surrounding areas), they need to have a strong support system (a mentor or broker) that will answer any questions THEY may have if necessary. Do they know reputable and responsible lenders? Doe they have good contacts in the industry? Can they recommend home inspectors, insurance providers, etc?  

Good Work Ethic

Does your agent actually WANT your business? Are they working hard for you or are you just a number? Do they work to make you happy or just satisfied? Are they willing to show you houses outside of business hours to accommodate your schedule for showings?

Mange Expectations for You and Your Agent

This may seem like a big list, but there are plenty of great realtors available. Also remember, that choosing a realtor is a personal decision. Your friend may have had an amazing realtor, but if their focus is outside of the area you’ve chosen, or maybe they have no experience with a VA Loan, then they aren’t your best fit.

This is the time to be picky and make sure your realtor’s area of expertise matches what you’re looking for. Never feel bad for choosing the realtor that works for you.

Looking for a military-friendly real estate agent in your area to buy or sell a home? Click here to fill out our Military Real Estate Questionnaire and we will help find you an agent that is a great fit or send a us a message.

Looking for a military-friendly real estate agent in your area to buy or sell a home? Click here to fill out our Military Real Estate Questionnaire and we will help find you an agent that is a great fit or send a us a message.