Your Realtor is there to be your advocate. She will discuss the type of home you’re looking for,
including location, type, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, whether a basement and/or
garage are wanted or not, then help you find the home you want. She will walk you through all
the important steps of the transaction, negotiate and communicate with other people on your
behalf, help you avoid common pitfalls that home buyers may stumble upon in order to keep the
transaction running as smoothly as possible.
Realtors must adhere to a Code of Ethics which is based on professionalism and protection of
the public. This code reflect principles of honesty, competency, and fair dealings to all clients
and customers, and the number one objective is to protect the best interests of their client.
To find a great Realtor, start by asking your family and friends whom they recommend, and
search for online for the best agents in your area or where you plan to move. Look for an agent
who has at least two years of full-time real estate experience. Check for online reviews on
Google and Zillow. Talk with agents and ask questions about their experience helping buyers
and sellers in their markets.
Chemistry also matters with home sales. Keep in mind that you will be communicating with your
agent for (potentially) several months as you search for a home, submit an offer, and go through
the buying process. As with most relationship-based decisions, your goal is to feel a strong
comfort level. If you find an agent you like who gives you realistic answers to the questions you
asked, and if you believe that is someone you can trust, you’re likely on the right track.