The National Association of Realtors reported that in 2019, 89% of homebuyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker—and there is a good reason for that. A good real estate agent knows the ins and outs of contract negotiation and can use their local network to help speed up the home buying—or selling—process. Whether you are looking to purchase a new home or sell a property you already own, the right New Jersey realtor
can help you achieve your real estate goals.
- Create a List of Potential Agents
Ask friends, colleagues, and family in the area if they have any recommended agents. Knowing someone who had a positive and successful experience with an agent can help you narrow your search. You can also reach out to people in your area with similar lifestyles and housing needs to see who they have gone to for their real estate needs. If your own network does not return many promising results, do research on the names of listing agents you see on for sale signs in your area. These are likely agents that know these neighborhoods well, which is a huge advantage when buying or selling a home.
- What Matters to You?
Your real estate needs and goals will be unique to you, meaning you need to find an agent that best suits your specific circumstances. Are you a first-time homebuyer looking for a hands-on agent to walk you through every step of the process or are you looking for a more flexible communication style? Do you prefer to text, e-mail, talk on the phone, or meet in person? The level of attention you desire and your specific home goals will dictate how compatible you are with any given real estate agent. Talk to a prospective agent and ask them about how they operate and about their experience in the industry.
- Get Their Credentials
You will absolutely want to know any potential agent's qualifications, education, experience in the industry, and any certifications or specialties they bring to the table. If your situation presents a unique circumstance, finding an agent certified in that particular area can be a huge bonus in achieving your goals. Specialties can include senior housing, resort and second-home properties, short sales or foreclosures, and even buying or selling property after divorce
. Ask them about their connections in the area you are looking to buy or sell.
- Evaluate Your Choices
The two big questions you should ask yourself are: Who best knows the local market? (and) Who has the most experience with buyers like me? The more experience an agent has addressing your specific needs in the area you are looking at, the more equipped they will be to get you the best deal possible on your home. If you still aren't sure who to go with after answering those questions, think about who you felt the most comfortable with. A good agent will listen to your needs and preferences as much as they will provide advice.
If you are nervous or timid about reaching out to real estate agents, Veitengruber Law
can help. We have worked with many real estate professionals in our area and can give you pointers to make a well-informed selection.