If you are looking for an agent, consider the following tips to help in your selection:

  1. Ask the agent if the real estate agent is a full time agent. Is this her only job? The sale or purchase of a home is a major transaction and you should demand a full time agent. You will want to ensure an agent is willing to go past the traditional effort on your behalf and even knock on doors to help you succeed. More closings mean more experience.
  2. It is important that your agent is knowledgeable. Ask questions about things you have learned through your new-found interest in real estate. If they don’t know more than you – after all, this is her livelihood! – go on to seasoned agent.
  3. How respected is the brokerage/agent... You want an agent that will network and work cooperatively with other agents. Seasoned agents tend to know the other agents in the area and have good working relationships with them. This tends to transform into good transactions.
  4. Look for signs that the agent is busy. A hard-working, go-getter agent is good. Be careful, sometimes they are too busy. Many Teams initially engage with the top agent but pass you to an “assistant”. If they don’t guarantee their personal service, move to another agent that will give their time to you.
  5. Make sure your agent is online. Having a web savvy agent is very important today as over 85% of all buyers initially see their homes online. A real estate agent in today’s world must email, text, and be available to buyers and sellers alike.
  6. See how the agent’s information and MLS listings come up in internet searches.
  7. An excellent agent is the most important to you when buying a home for the first time. They should have experience and should be able to guide you through the complexities of the process including lender info that you will have to provide.
  8. Check the references that an agent should be able to provide you. Take the time to contact the references provided and see if their service, support are respected by past clients.
  9. Ask Who the agent is working for in the transaction, the buyer or the seller (a real estate agent selling a house almost always works for the seller and tend to spin things a sellers way)
  10. Ask “How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction? How frequently?” Using what media? Again, this is not a question with a correct answer, but that one reflects your desires.