What you should expect of a Realtor | Irvine Real Estate | Irvine Homes for Sale

by Robert Mack on January 17, 2011

in Buyers, Latest News, Sellers

In many of my columns I’ve talked about pricing and sales trends here in the Asheville area, because I think that it’s so important for buyers and sellers to know the facts before buying or selling a property. I think that it’s critical for buyers and sellers to be prepared for the market, but when it comes down to it, your Realtor should provide guidance. He or she is the person in the marketplace every day, has experience in negotiations and knows the process. It’s very important to obtain the services of a Realtor who you feel will give you the best experience.

Here are some questions that you should ask about the people you are considering to be your buyer’s agent (in an upcoming column, I’ll talk about choosing a listing agent).

Is he or she:

• An expert in your market? You need to know where property values are rising … and falling; what area is hot … what’s been selling … and what’s not. Your Realtor should have done his or her homework.

• Willing to work with you before you’re ready to buy? A good agent knows that homebuying is a process, and will get you started, educate you about the process, help you define your needs and wants, show you properties, and help you find a lender, even before you’re ready to make the commitment — so when you are ready to buy, you will be prepared to find the right home, and get the best value.

• Willing to suggest more than just that one property you found on the Internet? Are there similar homes in the same area that you didn’t see? Your Realtor should dig for others and have them ready to show you.

• A good listener? Will he/she listen to your requirements … and respect them; but also talk to you about other ways to meet your needs?

• Not going to push listings just because they’re listed in his/her own office? Sure your Realtor could make more by selling his/her office’s own listings, but a good agent will show you everything that meets your requirements, regardless of whose listing it is.

• Able to give you advice on financing and taxes? Realtors are not accountants or mortgage brokers, but the good ones have the experience and knowledge to help you analyze alternatives … and let you know when to consult with the professionals.

What are you looking for in the right realtor to help you buy or sell a home in Irvine Orange County? Check out my website and click on the testimonial link to view what Robert Mack’s clients think of him and his level of service!

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