When you’re buying a house, finding a quality real estate agent is almost as important as finding the best lender and loan officer.
Finding a top real estate agent is very important. They will be the key component in finding your new home and negotiating the best terms for you. This choice can save OR cost you thousands of dollars. This article will outline some ways to find an agent that fits your needs.
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Here are the few most common reasons:
These sites claim they can place you with top real estate agents in your area.
In reality, “Premier Agents” aren’t necessarily top real estate agents. They are simply the people paying Zillow and Realtor.com to appear higher in the realtor rankings in your area.
Not every realtor on these sites pay for their rankings though, so while these sites can be helpful you shouldn’t choose the “Premier” agent only for their status. You should do more research and questioning, which we’ll hit on below.
At United Fidelity Funding we have a vast network of top real estate agents to work with throughout the country. This list has been compiled over the 19 years we have been in business to make sure that our clients will receive the best representation possible when being paired with a top real estate agent. We created out directory based off client recommendations and excellent working relationships.
One you determine which agents you would like to interview, then it’ll be important to try to get a feel for if you’ll work well together and get an idea of their knowledge and the service they provide.
Here are a few questions and topics you should address:
When conducting your interviews be sure to treat them like you are hiring an employee, not searching for a friend. Though it is great to have a friend-type relationship, the goal is completing your transaction with the most favorable terms possible.
Choosing a top real estate agent can save or cost you thousands. It’s not always about how nice they are or friendly they seem, as you really want somebody in your corner that is a great negotiator but will also provide you with a great level of service and education.
Make sure the agent has plenty of availability for you. Many agents have teams they are a part of or administrative assistants. Having these business strategies in place will free up the time your agent needs to effectively market your home or find you the perfect property.
It is very beneficial to find a top real estate professional that is familiar with what you’re looking for (whether you’re buying or selling), and which loan program you’ll be using. Many times, top real estate agents will have pocket listing or become aware of an upcoming listing before it even gets on the market. These types of top agents are exceptionally helpful as they may be able to give you first look before anybody else sees the home.
If you haven’t yet gotten pre-approved, it’s important you do that before finding a realtor. Be sure to read our 10 Steps to Buying a House. You can also apply to get pre-approved online. We will be able to assist with determining which loan program you’re eligible for, help you establish your budget and prepare you to find a top agent to start shopping for homes.
At United Fidelity Mortgage, we have some of the best loan officers in the business. Some of our branch managers and loan officers have led and coached large teams. Most of us have worked for one of the largest internet lenders in the nation and gained tons of experience due to the volume of loans we originate. On average our loan officers have been in the business for 7 years and have closed more than 500 loans. Our experience is unmatched, we know what we’re doing, and we are by far one of the best mortgage lenders in the nation.