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Five Tips for Working Successfully with a Real Estate Agent

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Working with a real estate agent is the best way to find the perfect house or sell that beloved home you currently own. With all the challenges, emotions, and decisions that go into the process, working with an agent simply makes the road you plan to travel down a little less bumpy. Here are a few things you can do to make the relationship you establish with your agent a successful one.

Choose an Agent Who is Right for You

Interview a few agents and get to know them. You want to make sure they are the right fit for you and what you intend to accomplish. Referrals are a great way to find someone you can trust. 

Agree on Communication Needs

Having a quick and open line of communication with your real estate agent will be key in beating out the competition and getting the home you desire. Do you prefer text or email? Maybe you need regular in-person meetings with your agent. Communicate your expectations early with your agent so they can do their best to accommodate your communication needs.

Enter in with a Clear Plan

Your real estate agent will guide you through the buying or selling journey and usher you safely through the unknown challenges along the way, but be sure to do your part by doing your own homework before you select your agent. Know your budget. Select a list of neighborhoods you like. Know what features are must-haves or like-to-haves. Give your agent the clearest picture of the direction you want to go with the home you envision for yourself so they have a good starting point.

Ask Questions

The buying and selling process can be confusing. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. That’s what your real estate agent is there for. Never sign anything you’re unsure about. A good agent will take the time to explain the process and any forms to you.

Be Transparent About Your Intentions

Be honest about things like budget, how soon you’re willing to buy or sell, or who you may already be working with. Don’t waste the agent's time. The fruits of their labor can’t be enjoyed until a deal is made, so a lot of the work they do up front is in good faith that you are serious about your intentions. 

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