Because buying a home is one of the most important decisions that you’ll ever make, it’s imperative that you work with a professional who can help you find exactly the home that you want.  The expensive investment that you are about to make will impact your life for years to come, so having an expert by your side can provide you with peace of mind as well as confidence in the final decision that you ultimately make.  Let’s take a look at some tips for finding the right realtor who can make this transaction smooth and hassle-free for you and your family.

1. Your first question of any realtor should be about the length of time that he has been in business and if he works full time at this profession.  Knowing that the realtor is searching for your new home on a full time schedule can expedite the process for finding the home of your dreams.  You should also ask about any specialized credential that the agent holds; if he engages in professional development on a regular basis you can rest assured that he is aware of the latest strategies for negotiating a good price for the home that interests you.

2. Another good question to ask is related to the experience that the realtor has in the industry.  Ask how many homes his company has sold in the last few months, the amount of time normally required to sell a home in your area, and what the selling price was compared to the asking price.  You’ll want to consider the market trends in your area and the state of the economy but his answers to these questions gives you an idea of his skill level in both pricing homes and marketing the homes to potential buyers.

3. As you speak with a real estate agent at your initial meeting, be sure to ask how he plans to market your home if you’re a seller or what techniques he plans to use to help you find the home of your dreams. The most dynamic realtors are tech savvy individuals who leave no cyber stone unturned in the effort to sell or locate your home.  You must have aggressive and innovative approaches that bring results; gone are the days of sticking a sign in your yard and hoping for the best.   You and the agent must understand that good communications is the key to a successful selling or buying process; the agent must return your calls and be available to answer your questions; you should also inform him of how you like to communicate. Do you prefer texts, emails, or would you like the old traditional telephone call with a good offer?

Before you choose the real estate agent with whom you want to partner either to sell your house or buy your dream home, make sure that he has a passion for his work, will work hard on your behalf, and that his goals and objectives match yours.